North American Mitchell B-25 Bomber
Mitchell B-25 Bomber
The North American Mitchell B-25 was a twin engine bomber employed by the allies in World War II. The B-25 Mitchell was medium bomber built by North American Aviation. It was the 16 aircraft used by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle's Raid that bombed mainland Japan in 1942 from the Carrier USS Hornet.
The Mitchell B-25 was also the only military aircraft named after a person, that being Billy Mitchell. Billy Mitchell is regarded as one of the most important figures in history in regards to the use of aircraft as defense and as an offensive weapon to naval ships.
The Mitchell B-25 was powered by two Wright R-2600 radial engines and had a maximum speed of 275 mph. The Mitchell B-25 had a range of around 1,350 miles and a ceiling of 25,000 feet.
The MitchellB-25 could carry 3,000 to 6,000 lbs of bombs and was heavily armed with 12- .50 caliber Browning machine guns, with other versions of the Mitchell B-25 having up to eighteen, .50 cal machine guns on the revised, solid nose variant.