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  B-25H-1 Mitchell Serial Number 43-4106  
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Justin Taylan 2010

Aircraft History
Built by North American in Englewood, CA under contract NAA-93 during August 1943. This aircraft was the second prototype of the H model, of which 1,000 were built. Delivered to the U. S. Army as B-25H-1 Mitchell serial number 43-4106.

Wartime History
This B-25 was based at MacDill Field and operated in the United States.

Postwar
During May 1945 stored at the Oklahoma Agricultural & Mechanical College, Stillwater, OK. Then, stored at Walnut Ridge, AR. In 1951, purchased by Bendix Corporation and FAA registered as N5548N and used as a test bed for developing jet fighter landing gear systems.

In 1969, sold Richard D. Lambert who purchased it for $3,500. He then flew it to his farm in Plainfield, IL. Stored outdoors during 1970 to 1981. In 1979, acquired by the Heritage In Flight Museum. Next, owned by Weary Warriors Squadron who recovered the bomber from Lambert's farm during 1981.

Restoration
Over a ten year period, this B-25 was restored to airworthy status. On May 19, 1992 it made its first flight from Rockford, IL and became the only flying B-25H model in the world.

Painted in the markings of B-25H "Barbie III" 43-4380. Owned by Weary Warriors / Warbirds Unlimited Foundation during 2005 - 2008. During June 2009, purchased by History Flight and registered on July 7, 2009. Used to fly guests on an annual flight tour to raise funds for Missing In Action (MIA) research.

During September 2014 the aircraft was listed for sale on the Courtesy Aircraft Sales for sale for $1 million USD. Sometime after being listed, as of at least February 2015, the price was reduced to $950,00 USD.

References
History Flight: B-25 Mitchell
Warbird Registry B-25 Mitchell 43-4106 "Barbie III"
CourtesyAircraft.com - North American B-25H "Barbie"
FAA Registry N-Number Inquiry Results - N5548N
Thanks to Mark Noah for additional information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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