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The AirDotShow Live Tour will visit 7 Destinations in 2022!

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2022 Tour Destinations

Fort Lauderdale

April 30 – May 1, 2022

 
Space Coast

May 21-22, 2022

 
Ocean City

June 11-12, 2022

 
Rhode Island

Dates Coming Soon!

 
New York

September 10-11, 2022

 
Orlando

October 29-30, 2022

 
Atlanta

November 5-6, 2022

 

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Take a Ride in a B-25

The Orlando Air and Space Show will feature the famous “Panchito” B-25 Bomber October 16-17, 2021 at Orlando Sanford Int’l Airport!

In a rare opportunity, the Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation is offering the chance to experience a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see what it was like for flight crews during World War II on board “Panchito”. The flights will be available on October 16-17 for a $450 donation to the Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation. For more information complete the short form below!

The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engined medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. It was used by many Allied air forces, in every theater of World War II, as well as many other air forces after the war ended, and saw service across four decades.

The B-25 was named in honor of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. By the end of its production, nearly 10,000 B-25s in numerous models had been built. These included a few limited variations, such as the United States Navy’s and Marine Corps’ PBJ-1 patrol bomber and the United States Army Air Forces’ F-10 photo reconnaissance aircraft.

B-25 first gained fame as the bomber used in the 18 April 1942 Doolittle Raid, in which 16 B-25Bs led by Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy Doolittle attacked mainland Japan, four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. The mission gave a much-needed lift in spirits to the Americans, and alarmed the Japanese who had believed their home islands were inviolable by enemy forces. Although the amount of actual damage done was relatively minor, it forced the Japanese to divert troops for the home defense for the remainder of the war.

The raiders took off from the carrier USS Hornet and successfully bombed Tokyo and four other Japanese cities without loss. Fifteen of the bombers subsequently crash-landed en route to recovery fields in Eastern China. These losses were the result of the task force being spotted by a Japanese vessel forcing the bombers to take off 170 mi (270 km) early, fuel exhaustion, stormy nighttime conditions with zero visibility, and lack of electronic homing aids at the recovery bases. Only one B-25 bomber landed intact, in Siberia where its five-man crew was interned and the aircraft confiscated. Of the 80 aircrew, 69 survived their historic mission and eventually made it back to American lines.

The majority of B-25s in American service were used in the Pacific. They fought on Papua New Guinea, in Burma and in the island hopping campaign in the central Pacific. There, the aircraft’s potential as a ground-attack aircraft was discovered and developed. The jungle environment reduced the usefulness of standard-level bombing, and made low-level attack the best tactic. The ever-increasing number of forward firing guns was a response to this operational environment, making the B-25 a formidable strafing aircraft.

 

1 Comment

  • David Unell

    Reply October 14, 2021 10:31 pm

    What a wonderful chance. Probably won’t be able to do it this year but will donate $100 to keeping these planes alive!

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