Of course, the B-25 first caught the attention of America because of this guy -
|General James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle|
Leader of the Doolittle Raid, the first American offensive action of WWII. General Doolittle deserves a Friday Flyby all to himself, he was an amazing aviator from the early days of flight up to and past WWII. A brilliant pilot.
General/Doctor James Harold "Jimmy" Doolittle, USAF (December 14, 1896 – September 27, 1993) was an American aviation pioneer. Doolittle served as an officer in the United States Army Air Forces during the Second World War. He earned the Medal of Honor for his valor and leadership as commander of the Doolittle Raid while a lieutenant colonel.
|B-25s of the Doolittle Raid Onboard USS Hornet|
|Next Stop, Tokyo|
|Doolittle Raid Reenactment Onboard USS Ranger - 1992|
The B-25 was named after another Air Force legend, General Billy Mitchell.
William "Billy" Mitchell (29 December 1879 – 19 February 1936) was a United States Army general who is regarded as the father of the U.S. Air Force.
Mitchell served in France during World War I and, by the conflict's end, commanded all American air combat units in that country. After the war, he was appointed deputy director of the Air Service and began advocating increased investment in air power, believing that this would prove vital in future wars. He argued particularly for the ability of bombers to sink battleships and organized a series of bombing runs against stationary ships designed to test the idea.
He antagonized many people in the Army with his arguments and criticism and, in 1925, was returned from appointment as a brigadier general to his permanent rank of Colonel. Later that year, he was court-martialed for insubordination after accusing Army and Navy leaders of an "almost treasonable administration of the national defense" for investing in battleships instead of aircraft carriers. He resigned from the service shortly afterward.
Mitchell received many honors following his death, including a commission by President Franklin Roosevelt as a Major General. He is also the only individual after whom a type of American military aircraft, the North American B-25 Mitchell, is named.
|Sleek and Deadly|
|Why yes, those are eight .50 caliber machine guns.|
Why do you ask?
|That's Gonna Leave a Mark!|
|Yup, Pungo has one!|
|So does History Flight|
(You can get a ride in this one. Pricey, but worth it!)
That clip above is History Flight's B-25 "Barbie III". (These folks provided me with that 30 minute "OMG I can't believe I'm getting to do this" ride in the SNJ-6, a tale I told here. Yes, I'm a big fan of History Flight!)
So while I do post a lot about fighter aircraft, (Well, I used to maintain them, my daughter and son-in-law fly them...) but I can appreciate and love other aircraft types as well. Though I'm kind of a fighter guy, I'm really an airplane guy.
Really, it's all about the flying and the joy that is in it!