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PG Graphic: One of the Mysteries of Pittsburgh: The B-25 in the Mon

Sunday, April 04, 1999

By James Hilston, Post-Gazette Staff Artist

The B-25 bomber in the Mon


The B-25 medium bomber was one of America's most famous warplanes of WW II.


Maximum speed: 275 mph.

Cruising speed: 230 mph.

Range: 1,200 miles

Service Ceiling: 25,000 ft.


:Span: 67 ft. 7 in.

Length: 52 ft. 11 in.

Height: 15 ft. 9 in.

Weight: 28,460 lbs. loaded

Engine: Two Wright R-2600s of 1,700 horsepower each

Cost: $96,000

Other famous incidents involving the B-25:

April 18, 1942. Eighteen B-25s bomb Tokyo, then crash trying to make it back to their aircraft carrier. They cause little damage, but bolster U.S. morale by showing that Japan is not invincible. They become known as the Doolittle Raiders, after General James Doolittle.

July 28, 1945. In dense fog, an Army B-25 crashes into the 78th floor of the Empire State Building. Thirteen are killed.

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