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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9 Responses to “Grumpy”

  1. Jim O'Neil says:

    I found one of Grumpy RCAF kl161 pilots is my next door neighbor. We got him a jump seat flight in “Made in the Shade” last week. The smile on his face was priceless, at a young 90 years of age.

  2. Darin Bain says:

    I rode on Grumpy at Felts Field Spokane in 2013. It was the most exciting and memorable ride of my life. Thank you Mr. Sessions and thank you Vivian. I had no idea that a B-25 could preform those kind of maneuvers. I was an hydraulic mechanic in the Navy and realize it takes a lot of money and man power to keep those birds flying so I feel the price was well worth it. Would you consider allowing me to fly my historical R/C aircraft at your airfield?

  3. JohnS says:

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

  4. 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

  5. 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

  6. 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.

  7. 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 .

  8. 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!

  9. 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. 🙂

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