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    Airframe Family: North American B-25/PBJ Mitchell
    Latest Model:TB-25J Mitchell
    Last Military Serial:541 FABo
    Construction Number:108-47479
    Last Civil Registration:N25NA
    Latest Owner or Location:Oklahoma Museum of Flying / Doc Hisey Private Collection, Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

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    Dates

    Event

    Circa June 1945

    Constructed as a B-25J.

    20 June 1945

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Army Air Force with s/n 44-86725.

    21 June 1945

    Assigned to Sacramento Air Depot, McClellan Army Air Field, CA for storage.

    22 July 1945

    Assigned to Smokey Hill AAF, KS for storage.

    9 September 1945

    Assigned to 4185th Base Unit, Independence AAF, MO for storage.

    11 August 1947

    Assigned to 4168th Base Unit, South Plains AAF, TX for storage.

    18 September 1947

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the United States Air Force with s/n 44-86725.

    16 January 1948

    Assigned to 4141st Base Unit, Pyote AAF, TX for storage.

    1 August 1951

    Assigned to 2753rd Air Storage Squadron, Pyote AAF, TX for storage.

    17 October 1951

    Transferred to Brookley AFB, AL.
    Assigned for maintenance.

    Converted to a TB-25J.

    28 November 1951

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the Royal Canadian Air Force with s/n 5224.
    Not immediately accepted by the RCAF.

    25 January 1952

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the Royal Canadian Air Force with s/n 5243.
    Delivered to the RCAF at CFB Saskatoon, SK.

    31 October 1952

    Transferred to 10 TSU (Training and Standards Unit) Macdonald Brothers, CFB Saskatoon, SK.
    Solid nose replaced original glass nose.

    19 December 1952

    Transferred to 1st Advanced Flying Squadron, Advanced Flying School, RCAF Station Saskatoon, SK.

    19 April 1959

    Transferred to 2nd Air Observer Squadron, CFB Winnipeg, MB.

    4 May 1959

    Transferred to Central Experimental and Proving Establishment (CEPE), Uplands CFB Ottawa, ON.

    26 September 1962

    Assigned to Dunnsville, ON for storage.
    Last B-25 to fly for the RCAF.

    October 1963

    Transferred to Canadian Crown Assets.

    24 October 1963

    To Woods Body Shop/Columbus L. Woods, Lewiston, NY with c/r N92899.

    November 1963

    To Bellomy Aviation, Miami, FL.
    Refurbished this and seven other aircraft for sale to Venezuelan Air Force. Converted back to full military configuration including a new glass nose replacing the RCAF solid nose, side gun packs and some armor plating.

    December 1963

    Civil registration, N92899, cancelled.

    15 December 1963

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the Fuerza Aerea Venezolana with s/n 19A40.

    15 December 1963

    Transferred to Number 40 Squadron.

    Circa 1968

    New serial number assigned: 5880 FAV

    1972

    Withdrawn from use.

    From 4 June 1973 to 1979

    Taken on Strength/Charge with the Fuerza Aerea Boliviana with s/n 541.

    From 1973 to 1979

    Used as administrative and transport aircraft. Last B-25 to fly for the Bolivian Air Force.

    1979

    Became a gate guardian at military section at La Paz, Bolivia.

    July 1984

    To C. A. Bird.

    May 1985

    To Doan Helicopter Inc/Harry S. Doan, New Smyrna Beach, FL with c/r N25NA.
    Aircraft was rebuilt to ferry condition at La Paz.

    23 March 1987

    Certificate of airworthiness for NL25NA (B-25J, 44-86725) issued.

    Ferry flight.
    To Titusville, FL. The first leg of the trip was to Manaus, Brazil over 975 miles mostly over the Amazon jungle. The second portion of the trip was 1129 miles to Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles and the final portion of the trip to Fort Pierce, Florida covered 1131 nautical miles.

    2 April 1987

    Crashed.
    The accident occurred at Titusville, FL, United States while cruising. The damage was substantial. The pilot stated that he was in the vicinity of melbourne fl when the right engine failed. He secured the right engine and turned back towards new smyrna beach, but as he was nearing tico airport the left engine also failed. The pilot, realizing he was not going to make the airport, elected to land in a pond next to I-95 near Titusville, FL...
    For a complete description of the event read the NTSB Report.

    1988

    Restoration started.

    30 October 1992

    To unknown owner with c/r N25NA.
    Sold partially restored at Doan Auction to Air Power Ltd, Hillsboro, OR.

    From April 1993 to 1995

    To Stallion Aircraft Inc, Bensenville, IL.

    Restored.
    Operated by Jack Rogers/Air Classics Aviation Museum, Chicago-DuPage Airport.

    24 April 1993


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield
    Notes: Just arrived at DuPage Airport, West Chicago, IL (35mm slide)

    24 April 1993


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield
    Notes: Just arrived at DuPage Airport, West Chicago, IL (35mm slide)

    12 June 1993


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield
    Notes: Departing Runway 10 at DuPage Airport, West Chicago, IL (35mm slide)

    12 June 1993


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield
    Notes: Departing Runway 10 at DuPage Airport, West Chicago, IL (35mm slide)

    22 July 1994


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield
    Notes: At DuPage Airport, West Chicago, IL (35mm slide)

    22 July 1994


    Photographer: Glenn Chatfield
    Notes: At DuPage Airport, West Chicago, IL (35mm slide)

    13 June 1995

    Jack Rogers perished in plane crash. As part of the estate N25NA was put up for sale.

    November 1996

    To Jim Morgan.

    Loaned to Evergreen Air Museum, MC Minnville, OR.

    6 May 1997

    To JDM Family Limited Partnership, Aumsville, OR.

    Markings Applied: Super Rabbit, 486725

    25 March 2009

    To Classic Wings Inc, Westlake Village, CA.

    22 August 2011

    To Wirraway Aviation, Los Angeles, CA.

    Circa 2012

    Restoration started.
    To be restored to airworthy condition and delivered to Wirraway Air Museum, Beaudesert, Australia.

    16 May 2013

    To Hisey Aviation Llc, Oklahoma City, OK.

    Based at Oklahoma Museum of Flying/Doc Hisey Private Collection, Wiley Post Airport, Oklahoma City, OK.
    View the Location Dossier

    Markings Applied: Super Rabbit

    July 2015


    Photographer: Tom Tessier
    Notes: At Oklahoma City, OK

    30 August 2015


    Photographer: Hugh Dodson
    Notes: Thunder Over Michigan 2015, Sunday 30th August 2015. USAAF North American B-25J Mitchell 44-86725/N25NA Super Rabbit, taken from Bell AH-1F Cobra 67-15589/N589HF.


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    Aerial Visuals - The Locator by Mike Henniger, Senior Editor
    AMCAR
    Federal Aviation Administration in the United States of America
    National Transportation Safety Board
    The B-25 History Project
    United States Military Services Serial Number Lists by Joe Baugher
    Warbirds Directory, 6th Edition (2013) by Geoff Goodall

    Individual Contributors
    Glenn Chatfield

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