Our B-25D Mitchell Bomber is packed with military and civilian heroes, lauded and unsung. William Mitchell, the plane’s namesake. Jimmy Doolittle, who gave us hope after Pearl Harbor. Countless pilots and crews who took on bombing missions that spanned all war theaters—in particular the South Pacific–and who also brought desperately needed planes to the European theater. Add the designers, engineers, and Rosie the Riveters who ensured the B-25 was the hardiest of planes, during a time when bombers were produced at a furious pace. And finally, all the civilian owners who’ve kept the plane alive and active, most recently on a mission honoring World War II veterans.
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13 Responses to “Grumpy”

  1. JohnS says:

    B-25 rides are available to “Mitchell Members.” Contact Visitor Services to enroll. Autumn is a wonderful time to fly.

  2. Jim Torres says:

    Please let me know if you guys have give rides in Grumpy.

    My Dad was a B25 pilot with the USAAC and flew many combat missions in Italy and the CBI during ww2. He also piloted C47 missions over the Hump and airevac’d British wounded during the battle of the Imphal Plain.

    Thanks in advance!

    Jim Torres

  3. Jeff says:

    Goose Bumps!
    Grumpy just flew over my house at low Alt, probably on it’s way to the air show in Abbotsford, BC. I can’t describe the emotions those thundering engines stirred up as it passed. It makes me proud and thankful that it was on our side!
    Jeff,
    Alger, WA

  4. JohnS says:

    Grumpy is based at Paine Field and will fly throughout 2013. It’s best to make contact in advance of your visit from Australia.

  5. Alan Rice says:

    Can anyone tell me when in 2013 Grumpy will be flying and if still at Paine Field as I want to sit where my uncle FLT LT J.W. Rice spent many hours during WW11 I am in Australia .

  6. Joel Gillespie says:

    I got the opportunity to fly in this beautiful plane on May 12, 2012. The nose gunner position give an amazing view!!!!! Thanks John for bringing this, along with the T6 & Bearcat to the Alaska Airlines Aviation Day! These were the hit of the event!

  7. Timothy Brewer says:

    I was lucky enuf to be leaving Boeing when both B 25s made their first pass in formation on may 19 4:30 flight. I caught it on my iPhone & posted it on my Facebook. I live in the MUK so I’m getting use to seeing grumpy so I didn’t giggle & scream like a school girl like I did on the first video I shot of grumpy.

  8. JohnS says:

    Thanks. Three pilots completed Spring training yesterday. May the Mariners do as well.

  9. Daniel Clark says:

    You just came over the house. It’s great to live this close to Paine field to hear and see you guys. Some don’t like the db’s but I love to hear you coming. thanks for flying

  10. Richard Schneider says:

    Had the pleasure of seeing your passage over the Port Angeles area yesterday afternoon. You looked great from the ground — sounded great, too, or I might not have looked up, but I heard you coming and knew it sure wasn’t the shuttle. Glad you had such a spectacular day for your flight! Come by anytime.

  11. Ken Nadvornick says:

    On Sat., Sep. 24, 2011 I too was one of the crowd at Paine Field to see both B-25s in the air together. What a magnificent sight! Every time I see one of these historic aircraft in action I can’t help but to again imagine in amazement that long ago 467-foot distance.

    I also managed to catch a glimpse and a quick photo from a distance of one of the last five surviving Doolittle Raiders who also turned out to see the show. While they likely may not think so, those 80 gentlemen are national treasures.

    Thanks for the show, guys. Can’t wait to see my photo slides…

  12. Carl Lindberg III says:

    Yesterday, Saturday, 24SEP2011, I was one of the crowd at Paine Field that watch your collection’s B-25, “Grumpy” (and the “J” Model B-25 from the Flying Heritage Collection) put on a flight demonstration. Thank you for this great experience! My father was a WWII B-25 pilot. He flew from a base on Corsica to targets around Northern Italy, mainly the Po River Vally and the Brenner Pass. Years later, in reflection, he identified the B-25 as his overall favorite aircraft to fly. He flew over 18-odd aircraft models in his USAAF & USAF career, with some real competition from the B-26 Invader. :-)

  13. Joseph E. Lippi says:

    I would like to take a flight on the B-25. Can you tell me if I could sign up to fly this month.

    Thank You!!

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