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New owner sought for B-25 Mitchell

Photo: North American B-25 Mitchell ‘Panchito’ flying in the US recently. JIM KOEPNICK


North American B-25J Mitchell 44-30734 ‘Panchito’ has been listed for sale in the US via Courtesy Aircraft.

Registered N9079Z, the bomber has been operated by Larry Kelley for the last two decades. It was built at Kansas City and delivered to the USAAF in February 1945. Although too late to see service in World War Two, it equipped several training units before being converted into a TB-25N navigation trainer in 1952.

It retired – briefly – in 1958, before entering civilian hands the following year and serving as a firefighter, and then a crop sprayer in Florida. It was returned to its B-25J specifications in 1986 by Tom Reilly, and acquired by Larry in 1997. It represents a Mitchell of the 396th Bomb Squadron, 41st Bomb Group, 7th Air Force. The asking price is $1.4m (£1.05m) for the aircraft and an extensive spares package.




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