The list of credits for the B-25 Mitchell bomber includes many “firsts”: It was the first army plane to see action on every fighting front of WW II, the first to sink a submarine, and the first medium bomber to fly from a carrier deck. Yet it was designed in just 40 days, without wind-tunnel tests or prototypes. The plane’s initial flight occurred in August, 1940. Designed to carry a 3,500 pound bomb load and a crew of 5, it easily carries a heavier bomb load at a cruising speed of 200 mph, with red-line at 340 mph. Its wingspan is 67 feet, 6 inches, with fuselage length of 54 feet. It measures 15 feet, 9 inches from the runway to the top of its twin tails. The B-25 empty weighs 20,300 pounds, but when loaded to capacity weighs 35,500 pounds. Two Wright Cyclone engines—each delivering 1,700 hp—drive Hamilton hydromatic propellers. B-25D “Grumpy” is fitted with a special bomb bay ferry fuel tank, allowing the aircraft to remain airborne for over 11 hours.

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