North American B-25J Mitchell

Pima Air and Space Museum Aircraft

Manufacturer
North American
Markings
XI Air Force, Elmendorf Army Air Field, Alaska, 1945
Designation
B-25J
Serial Number
43-27712

North American B-25J Mitchell

The B-25 is perhaps the most successful American medium bomber of World War II. It served in every theater of the war, with all branches of the U.S. military and with several allied air forces. It is most famous as the type of aircraft flown by the Doolittle Raiders from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet in early 1942. B-25s served as both traditional bombers and as gunships with large numbers of machine guns, and in one version a 75mm cannon in the nose. The B-25J returned to the standard “glass” nose for use as a bomber. However, many were converted to a “solid” gunship nose and used for very low level attacks. The Mitchell continued to serve in the U.S. Air Force until as late as 1960 as staff transports and trainers.

Specifications
Wingspan 67 ft 7 in
Length 52 ft 11 in
Height 16 ft 4 in
Weight 35,000 lbs (loaded)
Max. Speed 272 mph
Service Ceiling 24,200 ft
Range 1,350 miles
Engines 2 Wright R-2600-92 radials, 1,700 hp each
Crew 4-6-2017