Over 10,000 North American B-25 Mitchell bombers were built between 1940 and the end of production in 1945. Mitchell bombers flew in support of the United States military in every theater of combat during World War II, and are most well known for the Doolittle Raid mission against Tokyo on April 18, 1942.
Georgie’s Gal is a B-25J, which is highlighted by the “bombardier’s nose” allowing for the installation of a bombsight. Other models of the Mitchell included a “gunner’s nose” which featured up to 18 machine guns. The variety of armaments allowed Mitchell bombers to fly bombing missions at altitude, low-level strafing missions, or skip bombing missions against Japanese ships.
After the end of World War II, many of the surviving B-25s such as Georgie’s Gal, were kept in the U.S. Air Force inventory and converted to aircraft used to train pilots and other crew members. The last B-25 was retired from service in 1960. B-25s were purchased from the military and used in a variety of roles such as hauling freight, spraying of insecticides and VIP transport. Today approximately 100 aircraft remain in existence, 45 of which are in flying condition.
Manufactured at Kansas City. Accepted into service 6/29/1945.
Purchased from Davis-Monthan 04/26/1960; operated out of Phoenix, AZ, registered as N9167Z, circa 1960’s.
Flew as “The Devil Made Me Do It” in Wauwatosa WI circa 1970’s
Pseudo armament added Sept. 1992, by Exec Aviation in Cincinnati OH, flown as “Man Of War”. N-Number changed to N345BG in 1993.
Flew as “Martha Jean” by Dave Wheaton in Tulsa OK 11/1999.
Bought by Liberty Aviation Museum in Port Clinton, OH on 4/27/2011.
Newly refurbished as “Georgie’s Gal” by Aero Trader in Chino CA.
|Registration Number||Date of Manufacture|
|N345BG||6/29/1945 Kansas City|
|North American B-25 “Mitchell” TB25N (B-25J-30)||67 feet 7 inches|
|Overall length:||Empty weight:|
|52 feet 11 inches||19,852 pounds|
|Gross weight:||Fuel capacity:|
|35,000 pounds||1350 miles / 974 gallons in six fuel tanks|
|Oil capacity||Engine type:|
|37.5 US gallons (max burn 3 gal/hr) in 2 tanks||Two 1700 hp Wright R2600-92 radial piston engines|
|Propeller type:||Max Speed|
|Hamilton Standard Hydromatic controllable-pitch, full-feathering props, 3 blades, diameter 12”7″||272 mph|
|Rate of Climb||Cruise Speed|
|750 feet per minute||230 mph|
|Service Ceiling||Number of Crew|
|24,200 feet||Two pilots|
|Twelve 12.7 mm machine guns||4000 lbs bombs|
|Number Built||Number Surviving|
Refurbished by Aero Trader in Chino CA October 2011 – July 2012.
Now appearing as “Georgie’s Gal”, she is a living tribute to the legacy of our late friend and patron, George V. Woodling, Jr.
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