Friday pictures: B-25 Mitchell

This week’s subject is a picture by a Flickr photographer who is new to me – Michiel Harmsen, from the Netherlands. He has quite a few terrific shots, but the one that really caught my eye this week is a backlit shot of a taxiing North American B-25 Mitchell taken at the airshow in Bitburg, Germany this past weekend. This WWII medium bomber gained fame as the mount of Jimmy Doolittle’s Tokyo Raiders. I have so far followed a rule of thumb that all Friday pictures need to be airborne, but this week I am casting that aside. This one is simply too good to pass up.

b-25

My thanks to Mr. Harmsen for his beautiful photography. He generously makes the image available in enormous form, and it is even more compelling when viewed large.

As an aside, I believe this to be a B-25 painted in Red Bull colors (the plane’s markings are visible in other shots from the same set). A little googling suggests this B-25 is 44-86893. Retired to Davis Monthan in Arizona in 1957, it has been in civil service since 1958 (with a derelict period from 1969 to 1976). If you google N6123C, there is a great deal of information and pictures to be found on her. How wonderful she has survived to fly and be kept in such good shape.

If you like this, I encourage you to check out this summary of all of the aviation photography I have featured here.

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