North American B-25 Mitchell


North American B-25H
With its heavy 75mm cannon and numerous guns, the B-25H was a born strafer.
The name "Mitchell" was chosen in memory of General William "Billy" Mitchell (1879-1936), the man who, since 1920, had prophesied the future role of the air force, and whose outspokenness had led to his court-martial for insubordination in 1925.

This twin-engine, medium-range bomber was not designed with an 820-mile raid from a carrier deck in mind, but the B-25 showed its adaptability in Capt. James A. Doolittle's raid on Tokyo launched from the USS Hornet on April 18, 1942.


Development

North American B-25C North American B-25C
Engines Two Wright R-2600-13 Double Cyclone 14-cylinder radials 2x 1,500 hp (WEP: 2x 1,700 hp)
Weight empty: 9,208 kg (20,300 lb) - maximum: 15,422 kg (34,000 lb)
Armament Two .50 cal guns in dorsal turret, one .30 cal gun in flexible mount in the nose.
Ordnance Two 450 kg (1,000 lb) or six 225 kg (500 lb) bombs.
Performance Max speed: 457 km/h (284 mph) Ceiling: 7,315 m (24,000 ft)
North American B-25H North American B-25H
Engines Two Wright R-2600-13 Double Cyclone 14-cylinder radials 2x 1,500 hp (WEP: 2x 1,700 hp)
Weight empty: 8,890 kg (19,600 lb) - maximum: 15,876 kg (35,000 lb)
Armament One 75mm cannon, four nose-mounted .50 cal guns, four blister-mounted .50 cal guns, plus six defensive .50 cal guns.
Ordnance Two 450 kg (1,000 lb) or six 225 kg (500 lb) bombs, plus rockets.
Performance Max speed: 443 km/h (275 mph) Ceiling: 7,255 m (23,800 ft)
North American B-25J North American B-25J
Engines Two Wright R-2600-13 Double Cyclone 14-cylinder radials 2x 1,500 hp (WEP: 2x 1,700 hp)
Weight empty: 9,570 kg (21,100 lb) - maximum: 18,960 kg (41,800 lb)
Armament Four blister-mounted .50 cal guns, plus seven defensive .50 cal guns.
Ordnance Three 450 kg (1,000 lb) or six 225 kg (500 lb) bombs, plus rockets.
Performance Max speed: 443 km/h (275 mph) Ceiling: 7,315 m (24,000 ft)

Stof's notes about this plane in iMOL's WarBirds

The opinions expressed below are only my own, and nothing more...
With its powerful engines and good bomb load, this plane often feels more at ease in the WarBirds arena than the heavy Boeing B-17.

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