Larry Kelley’s B-25 Panchito

Larry Kelley’s B-25 Panchito

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This airframe was built in 1944 in Kansas City and served with the training command in WWII and numerous air force bases until 1958. Sold from Davis Monthan in 1961, it was converted to a fire bomber. A few years later is was sold to Bill and Bob Howe in south Florida who mounted spray bars onto the under wing hard points and used it to spray orange fields and mosquitos. In the early 1970’s it was donated to the SST museum in St Cloud Florida where it was parked outdoors for a decade and neglected. Tom Reilly obtained it around 1980 and did a ground up total rebuild/restoration. At that time it was given the markings of Panchito, a B-15J that served with the 396 bomb squadron, 41 bomb group, 7th Air Force on Okinawa during the summer of 1945. All aircraft of the 41 bomb group were flown to Clark Field at the end of the war and destroyed.



Registration Number Date of Manufacture
N-9079Z 1944
Aircraft Role Nickname
Bomber Mitchell Bomber
Aircraft Type: Wingspan:
North American B-25 “Mitchell” 67 feet 7 inches
Overall length: Empty weight:
52 feet 11 inches 19,480 pounds
Gross weight: Fuel capacity:
35,000 pounds 1350 miles
Oil capacity Engine type:
37.5 GALLONS per engine Two 1700 hp Wright R2600-92 radial piston engines
Propeller type: Max Speed
Hamilton Standard 334 mph
Rate of Climb Cruise Speed
depending on bomb load! 200 mph
Service Ceiling Number of Crew
28,000 feet Two pilots minimum /WWII crew of six
Armament Bomb Load
thirteen .50 caliber Browning M-2 machine guns 4000 lbs bombs/ or combinations of bombs/depth charges/incendary/cluster bombs/ HVAR rockets/torpedo
Number Built Number Surviving
9889 34



Panchito with surviving Doolittle Raiders, 2011 (Robert Seale) Panchito at NAS Pax RiverDick-Cole-flying-Panchito-at-Raiders-Final-Reunion Panchito in flight near Tampa Florida (Jim Koepnick EAA photo)Doolittle Raid


Restoration took approximately 5 years of full time work by Tom Reilly at his facility in Kissimmee Florida where he has restored 10 B-25’s. two B-17’s, a B-24, and numerous fighters and trainer aircraft of WWII. Currently Tom is restoring the prototype XP-82 twin mustang.

Restoration Images

Panchito before restoration Panchito as a fire bomber in early 1960's Panchito-in-okinawa-2-jpg



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