Thursday, December 12, 2013

Daily Planismo: 1944 North American B-25J Mitchell

The North American B25 was a mid-range bomber manufactured by North American Aviation (a subsidiary of General Motors during WWII).  The coolest version was the B-25J gunship that was equipped with 18 0.50 caliber cannons for strafing duty.  The early B-25Js had issues with the frame coming apart from the forces involved with all the guns firing at the same time, so later version had reinforced airframes - but the B-25J for sale today was only used for training missions so no need to worry about self inflicted battle damage.   Find this 1944 North American B25J Mitchell for sale in Franklin, VA currently bidding for $50,201 via ebay.

The B-25 was primarily used in the Pacific front in World War II as a tactical bomber and it gained a reputation for being reliable and useful.  The B-25 was even used for the famous Doolittle raids that involved an aircraft carrier take-off and dropping a few bombs around Tokyo.  The raid's actual effectiveness was not in the bombs hitting targets, but in the resulting disarray and defensive stance that Japan assumed after having its heartland assaulted.

This B-25 wasn't involved in any raids as it was built late in the war and only did duty as a trainer.  It is currently equipped with a few fake machine guns and hasn't flown in at least the past decade.  Lots of bird poop everywhere too.

One of the Wright R-2600-13 engines has been removed from the port nacelle and now is dripping oil elsewhere.  This author had a great uncle who was a navigator in a B-25 and the one thing all the old dudes who flew in these things could agree is that they leak oil constantly when resting.  Legend has is that the engine oil seals don't work properly until the engine is up to temperature, but it probably leaks copious quantities of oil during flight as well.

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  1. Yossarian, is that you?

    1. We actually made profit buying eggs high and selling them low. Who knew? A real Catch-22.

    2. Not sure I'm following that thread. Scribe, read me back the last line.

  2. I'd be crazy to comment in this thread, but if I know it's crazy then I'm sane and have to comment. And so it goes.

    1. "This statement is false."

      If it's false, that makes it true, so it's not false.

      If it's true, that means that it is indeed false (like it says it is) and therefore isn't true.

      Think about it.

  3. Is the answer to this question "No"?

  4. There are a number of "UNKNOWN" items in this listing, but the most alarming thing is the disclaimer "Seller does not guarantee clear title to aircraft." Whaaa? Seriously? If the seller cannot guarantee that he/she actually owns the aircraft free of any 3rd party liens or encumbrances, and that you will actually own the same once you pay for it . . . seriously?

    If the seller does not have a clear title, the only viable customers are going to be those outside of the US, preferably so far outside the US that judgments are not enforceable. Considering its current lack of flight capability, and the seller's uncertainty of whether it could even be "toed to Missouri" . . . seriously?

    Aside from this, I'm not certain how this fits into the "Daily Turismo" category. The only "daily" things I see here are regret and storage fees. Might have been better to save this one for April 1st.

  5. Poor Doctor Daneeka. Poor old Doc...

  6. Semi -literate DT readers! Yowza!

  7. Corkzikers. Everyone of you!!

  8. If you think the J is cool, you might want to consider the H.

    Ten .50s coming, four going, a 75mm cannon in the nose, eight rockets and 3000lbs of bombs.


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