In 1939, North American began designing the B-25 Mitchell, named after aviation pioneer General Billy Mitchell. Intended as a medium bomber, the B-25 saw service in every theatre of World War II. The aircraft served with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Army Air Corps, and several Allied air forces in many models and configurations. Most notably, B-25Bs conducted the “Doolittle Raid” against Japan. The B-25 served not only as a conventional bomber, but also as a low altitude bomber, skip bomber, ground and shipping strafer, reconnaissance platform, mutli-engine pilot trainer, proficiency trainer, and VIP transport. In civilian hands, the B-25 has served as a transport and fire bomber.
In July of 1945, this aircraft served with the 2143rd AAF Base Unit as a pilot trainer at Tuskegee AAF, Alabama, and was converted from a B-25J to a TB-25N in 1954 while serving at Chanute AFB.
Manufactured by North American Aviation, Kansas City KS and delivered to the USAAF on 7 Feb 1945.
Feb 1945 -- To Moody AAF GA
Apr 1945 -- To 2109th AAF Base Unit (Advanced Two-Engine Pilot School, AAF Flying Training Command), Turner AAF, Albany GA
Ju1 1945 -- To 2143rd AAF Base Unit (Basic/Advanced Pilot School, AAFFTC), Tuskegee AAF AL
Jan 1946 -- To 3706th AAF Base Unit (Basic Training Center, Air Training Command), Sheppard AAF TX
Aug 1946 -- To 3502nd AAF Base Unit (Technical School, ATC), Chanute AAF IL
Aug 1948 -- To 3345th Technical Training Wing (ATC), Chanute AFB IL
Dec 1954 --To Birmingham Modification Center AL (to TB-25N)
Feb 1955 -- Return to 3345th Technical Training Wing (ATC), Chanute AFB
Aug 1958 -- Dropped from inventory by transfer to museum status
|Crew:||2-2 (up to 7 passangers)|
|Wingspan:||67 ft. 6.7 in.|
|Length:||53 ft 5.75 in|
|Height:||16 ft 4.2 in|
|Wing Area:||610 sq. ft.|
|Weight:||20,000 lb, max: 41,800 lb|
|Speed Cruise:||230 mph.; Max-275 mph.|
|Service Ceiling:||24,000 ft.|
|Engines:||Two Wright R-2600-29A (1,700 h.p. each)|
|Armament:||12 Machine guns, 4,000 lb|
None: all weapons capability removed with conversion to TB-25N
This aircraft is on loan to the Chanute Air Museum from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.