NORTH AMERICAN B-25 “MITCHELL”

Named after the controversial champion of U.S. Airpower, General “Billy” Mitchell, the B-25 is best known for the April 18, 1942 bombing of Tokyo. Led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle, and flown from the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Hornet, 16 B-25s successfully completed the first strike on Japanese soil during World War II.

The Lyon Air Museum B-25 Mitchell, “Guardian of Freedom,” flew combat patrol missions in Alaska and around the Aleutian Islands during World War II before coming home to be used as a trainer for our country’s next generation of pilots and crew members.

Manufacturer: 

North American Aviation

Model: 

B-25J Mitchell

Army Air Corps Serial Number: 

44-29465

Prototype First Flight: 

August 19, 1940

Crew: 

Six-Pilot, Co-pilot, Navigator/Bombardier, Turret Gunner/Engineer, Radio Operator/Waist Gunner, Tail Gunner

Power: 

Two 1,700 horsepower, Wright Cyclone R-2600 14-cylinder radial piston engine

Weight: 

Basic Empty Weight – 19,480 pounds, Gross Weight – 35,000 pounds

Fuel Capacity: 

974 gallons

Range: 

1,350 miles (2,200 miles with ferry tanks)

Wing Span: 

67 feet, 7 inches

Length: 

52 feet, 11 inches

Height: 

16 feet, 4 inches

Service Ceiling: 

24,200 feet

Typical Armament: 

Twelve .50 caliber machine guns

Typical Bomb Load: 

4,000 pounds

Number Built: 

Approximately 9,985

Speed: 

Maximum – 275 miles per hour at 15,000 ft. Cruising – 230 miles per hour

Exhibit Type: 

  • Airplanes
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