B-25 "Super Rabbit"
The aircraft used in the famous Doolittle Tokyo Raid will be on display at our show. On April 18th, 1942, 16 B-25’s took off from the aircraft carriers Hornet and Enterprise to bomb targets in Japan. The top-secret mission was a huge morale boost for the U.S. and blow to the Japanese military just four months after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Never before had medium range bombers been launched from an aircraft carrier. The risky mission involved 80 airmen that ditched their aircraft in China and Russia after the attack. The B-25 “Super Rabbit” is coming to our show from Oklahoma.
DID YOU KNOW?
- The B-25 Mitchell was the most numerous American medium bomber built. A total of 9,984 were built!
- The B-25 used a technique called skip-bombing. Once dropped, a conventional bomb could skip across the water until it hit an enemy ship.
- The B-25 was named in honor of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneer in U.S. military aviation. The B-25 is the only military aircraft named after an individual.
- This particular B-25 had the distinction of serving with three Air Forces: the United States, Canada, and Venezuela.
B-25 Mitchell FAST FACTS:
Manufacturer: North American Aviation
Engines: Two Wright R-2600 Cyclone engines, 1,700 horsepower each
Length: 52 feet, 11 inches
Height: 16 feet, 4 inches
Wingspan: 67 feet, 7 inches
Maximum Speed: 438 miles per hour at 13,000 ft
Ceiling: 25,000 feet
Range: 1,350 statute miles
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 35,000 pounds