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Photo Funday — flying Mitchell!

23 December 2009

Photo Funday — a photo and an informative caption for the weekend, only a bit early this week

 

North American B-25 Mitchell "Panchito" in a fly-by — photo by Joe May

North American B-25 Mitchell "Panchito" in a fly-by — photo by Joe May

 The B-25 whose namesake was “Billy” Mitchell — controversial in his US Army service and father of the modern US air power. This plucky WW II bomber aircraft was often flown into combat more as a fighter and even operated off the aircraft carrier USS Hornet for the Doolittle Raid. The raid was tactically insignificant but immensely effective strategically. Imperial Japan repositioned military forces to better protect their home islands, leaving fewer assets for the upcoming battles in the more distant parts of the Pacific Ocean. The deep throated sounds made by the engines while flying by was exciting and this pilot had the aircraft perform tight climbing turns as if it was a much smaller airplane.

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