North American B-25J Mitchell – Miss Mitchell
“Miss Mitchell” is the pristine example of what a dedicated group of volunteers can accomplish. Donated to the Minnesota Wing in the 1980’s, volunteers immediately began a complete ground-up restoration of this versatile medium bomber.
The B-25 placed itself in World War II history books on April 18, 1942 when 16 of the medium range bombers launched from the deck of an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean and bombed mainland Japan. Led by Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle, America had begun to turn the tables on the Japanese.
The B-25J “Miss Mitchell” served in the 310th Bomb Group, 57th Bomb Wing of the 12th Air Force in North Africa and Italy completing over 130 missions. Its legacy of no crew fatalities during all of its missions was a rare accomplishment. Prior to taking command of the 8th Air Force in Europe in 1944, the 12th Air Force was under the command of then Brigadier General Jimmy Doolittle.
After a 12 year restoration by the Minnesota Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, Miss Mitchell took her first flight on April 18, 1992 ~ exactly 50 years to the day of the daring Doolittle raid.
$450.00 per person
Today, Miss Mitchell appears at air shows and special events throughout the United States and Canada.
The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing operates a History Flight program which gives you the opportunity to fly as a crew member on Miss Mitchell!
- Crew: six (one pilot, one co-pilot, navigator/bombardier, turret gunner/engineer, radio operator/waist gunner, tail gunner)
- Length: 52 ft 11 in
- Wingspan: 67 ft 7 in
- Height: 16 ft 4 in
- Wing area: 610 sq ft
- Empty weight: 19,480 lb
- Max. takeoff weight: 35,000 lb
- Powerplant: 2 × Wright R-2600-92 14-cylinder air-cooled radial engine, 1,700 hp each
- Maximum speed: 272 mph at 13,000 ft
- Cruise speed: 230 mph (200 knots)
- Range: 1,350 mi
- Service ceiling: 24,200 ft
- Guns: 12–18 × .50 cal machine guns
- Hardpoints: 2,000 lb (900 kg) ventral shackles to hold one external Mark 13 torpedo
- Rockets: racks for eight 5 in (130 mm) high velocity aircraft rockets (HVAR)
- Bombs: 3,000 lb bombs