The North American B-25 Mitchell is known the world over to fanatics of aviation as a champion of the Allied Air Forces. Serving in the Pacific Theater of War, in North Africa and Europe this medium-sized bomber always got the job done.
Nearly 10,000 B-25s were built over the years serving the United States, Great Britain and Russia. The B-25 had over 30 variants which ranged in roles everything from recon to gunships, but at the end of the day this warbird was a true bomber.
“Normal bomb capacity was 5,000 pounds (2268 kilograms). Some versions carried 75 mm cannon, machine guns and added firepower of 13 .50-caliber guns in the conventional bombardier’s compartment. One version carried eight .50-caliber guns in the nose in an arrangement that provided 14 forward-firing guns.”
The B-25 Mitchell eventually saw retirement in 1979 after four decades of proud military service. There are still a few of them hanging around that you can see at airshows and static displays. This video some folks bringing a B-25 back to life as it growls its smokey engine and then soars back into the air. It’s a beautiful sight to see, you just have to watch.