16 - Jan -

New Inner Tubes for B25 Mitchell Bomber

Article written by Bush Tyres

Something a little bit different for our Wolds Commercial team recently, they were called out to the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre to fit new inner tubes on this North American B25 Mitchell bomber.

The Wolds Commercial tyre fitting team successfully fitted a 30" tube supplied by the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre as well as supplying and fitting a 10.0/75-15 tube to a smaller wheel meaning they were able to get all three tyres inflated on the aircraft. We will also be fitting a new tyre to the B25 Mitchell soon.

New Inner Tubes for B25 Mitchell Bomber Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre - Bush Tyres

New Inner Tubes for B25 Mitchell Bomber Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre - Bush Tyres

New Inner Tubes for B25 Mitchell Bomber Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre - Bush Tyres

New Inner Tubes for B25 Mitchell Bomber Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre - Bush Tyres

New Inner Tubes for B25 Mitchell Bomber Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre - Bush Tyres

New Inner Tubes for B25 Mitchell Bomber Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre - Bush Tyres

The North American B-25 Mitchell twin-engine bomber, perhaps the most versatile aircraft of the war, became standard equipment for the Allied air forces in World War II. The aircraft was used for high and low level bombing, strafing, photoreconnaissance, submarine patrol, and even as a fighter and was distinguished as the aircraft that completed the historic raid over Tokyo in 1942.

"Named for famed airpower pioneer Brigadier General William "Billy" Mitchell, it was a twin-tail, mid-wing land monoplane powered by two 1,700-horsepower Wright Cyclone engines.

Normal bomb capacity was 5,000 pounds (2268 kilograms). Some versions carried 75 mm cannon, machine guns and added firepower of 13 .50-caliber guns in the conventional bombardier’s compartment. One version carried eight .50-caliber guns in the nose in an arrangement that provided 14 forward-firing guns."

The B25 Mitchell is now based at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre which is a family run museum that was set up in 1989. It is now widely seen as a living memorial to the 55,573 men of Bomber Command who lost their lives during WW2. It holds two of the rarest aircraft, an Avro Lancaster Bomber MKVII and DH Mosquito NFII, in its collection along with many wartime vehicles including a Ford WOT1 Crew Bus, the only one of its kind in existence.

Find out more at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre

Information courtesy of Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre
Photo Credit: Martin Keen

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