This is the North American
B-25 Mitchell. Made famous by the Doolittle Tokyo Raid, the Mitchell is
the only aircraft made before or since that was named for an
individual. William "Billy" Mitchell was a very vocal advocate for air
power. He was also an innovator of air tactics. This page features two
B-25s, "Executive Sweet" and "Heavenly Body".
"Executive Sweet" (N30801), owned and operated by the American
Aeronautical Foundation. This B-25 was one of 18 used in the filming of
"Catch-22". It flew as the "Vestal Virgin" for the movie. This one is
regularly parked at Camarillo airport next to the Southern California
Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).
"Heavenly Body" (N8195H) owned by Mitchell Productions LLC. This B-25
was also used in the filming of "Catch-22". Heavenly Body was the first
B-25 to fly from a carrier in 50 years when she flew from the USS
Ranger in April of 1992 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the
Doolittle Tokyo Raid. This B-25 was purchased as "surplus" in 1959 for
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