We expect a line of people waiting to see our B-25. This is a collection of facts for us to tell until they can go inside.
Quiz: The largest number of Allied aircraft destroyed by a single event in World War II happened to B-25 bombers. How?
Destroyed at Pearl Harbor Dec. 7, 1941
Shot down bombing Germany in a single mission
1944 Mount Vesuvius eruption
Answer from Wikipedia: "When Mount Vesuvius erupted in March 1944, the B-25s (at a nearby airbase) were covered with hot ash that burned the fabric control surfaces, glazed, melted, or cracked the Plexiglas, and even tipped some B-25s onto their tails from the weight of the ash ... Estimates vary from 70-90 aircraft."
True or false: The B-25 was named for an airman who was court-marshaled. TRUE! General Billy Mitchell was convicted of insubordination by a military court marshal. Because his options about the importance of air power were eventually acknowledged to be correct, the B-25 was named after him - the only U.S. bomber ever to be named after a person.
On August 30, 1945 a B-25:
Crashed into the Empire State building in New York City
Sank the aircraft carrier that attacked Pearl Harbor in Hawaii
The final successful Japanese naval attack of World War II came 14 days after Emperor Hirohito ordered Japanese forces to cease fire. A Japanese and Italian crew of the submarine Torelli shot down a B-25 near Japan. The Torelli was only one of two ships to serve in the Navy of all three Axis powers. A B-25 did crash into the Empire State Building on July 28, 1945.