The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engined medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. It was used by many Allied air forces, in every theater of World War II, as well as many other air forces after the war ended, and saw service across four decades.
The B-25 was a safe and forgiving aircraft to fly. With an engine out, 60 banking turns into the dead engine were possible, and control could be easily maintained down to 145 mph (230 km/h). However, the pilot had to remember to maintain engine-out directional control at low speeds after takeoff with rudder; if this maneuver was attempted with ailerons, the aircraft would snap out of control. The tricycle landing gear made for excellent visibility while taxiing. The only significant complaint about the B-25 was the extremely high noise level produced by its engines; as a result, many pilots eventually suffered from varying degrees of hearing loss.
The high noise level was due to design and space restrictions in the engine cowlings which resulted in the exhaust "stacks" protruding directly from the cowling ring and partly covered by a small triangular fairing. This arrangement directed exhaust and noise directly at the pilot and crew compartments. Crew members and operators on the airshow circuit frequently comment that "the B-25 is the fastest way to turn aviation fuel directly into noise". Many B-25s now in civilian ownership have been modified with exhaust rings that direct the exhaust through the outboard bottom section of the cowling.
The Mitchell was an exceptionally sturdy aircraft that could withstand tremendous punishment. One well-known B-25C of the 321st Bomb Group was nicknamed "Patches" because its crew chief painted all the aircraft's flak hole patches with high-visibility zinc chromate primer. By the end of the war, this aircraft had completed over 300 missions, was belly-landed six times and sported over 400 patched holes. The airframe was so bent askew that straight-and-level flight required 8 of left aileron trim and 6 of right rudder, causing the aircraft to "crab" sideways across the sky.
The B-25 was named in honor of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. By the end of its production, nearly 10,000 B-25s in numerous models had been built. One of the most iconic warbirds of World War II.
The FMS 1470mm B-25 is a true jewel to fly and with detachable main wings even easy to transport! Take to the skies like one of Doolittle's Raiders!
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1470mm / 57.87in
1130mm / 44.5in
Two KV1000 Brushless Motor
Two 40A ESC, EC3 Connector
Propeller / EDF
9x6.5 Three Blade Propeller
Main and Nose Gear Electronic Retracts
3 Cell 11.1V 3700 mAh Lipo Battery with EC3 connector
Will agree on what Carl says about this plane. This is my third one it is a great plane over all but putting it together was not easy. The wings had to be glued in because the screws that suppose to hold them in was missing or glued so I couldn't turned them the wiring is a mess I would think by now FMS could make it easier. Most of my wires wasn't tagged on what they were so had to guess but since I have built this one before I new where things went. The directions are still not worth looking at needs to be better. Over all it is a nice plane would like to see lights on the wing tips which I will put on myself and a little stronger landing gear set up on the nose I have had them break a lot and again clean up all the wiring. Over all the plane flies great you need to bring it in under power or it will stall fast ( like my last one) just as you land then off with the motors.
FMS failed on this one for assembly, once it was together she looks great but getting to that point was no easy task. And as for removing the wings for transport, forget that because they no longer screw together but have to be glued in. So if you are great at origami, you will have no problem trying to stuff the wire from them into the extra small space in the fuselage that's provided, otherwise you'll be spending a good amount of time putting those in there, your RX and any extra ones you install for lighting too. I have plenty of FMS models but this one just isn't up to par with those. Just hope it flies better than it went together.
Great looking plane! I hope it flies as good as it looks.I have it in storage as I am trying to sell my home and all building is on hold.
FMS models are usually very well made. This one, well... The wiring is well engineered and well marked; the gear door sequencer is a nice touch. But, the horizontal stab isn't totally parallel to the wing. Hmm. There's a bit of a gap at the stab rear, but OK. I'm short one machine gun. There's supposed to be one long and 10 short. I got 9 short. I'll have to make some out of BBQ skewers and keep one as a spare. When I ran the motors for the first time, the left cowl was slightly off and the prop rubbed it on one side. Nacelles don't fit on the wing as nicely as they should â€“ big gaps. The push rods for the elev and rud are external with bell cranks for all four. All this is on the under side, so not visible. The silver paint seems to be a bit sticky to the touch. All that wiring had to be crammed back into the fuse. Not much room for RX and antenna placement; there aren't many options. Battery compartment very cramped -- only a few batteries fit, and then the battery leads are a problem getting the canopy to lock down on its magnets. Manual poor -- no suggestions for initial surface throws. After first maiden, had to tighten one main gear strut and adjust main gear doors. I expected better quality from FMS, Disappointed for price paid.
Maidened my B25 on yesterday, all I can say is that this is one SWEET flying plane. No bad tendencies and this one truly fly's like it's on rails. Btw, I modified the gun turret so that it moves back and forth.
I really like my B25 i got from Fms. I like how easy it was to build and when i called customer support i got the help i needed with out the run around. I highly recommend if you are looking to by a plane to look at the fms brand its really good quailty and by far the best i have bought so far. The way they package there products make sure you dont get it and it is in peaces. If your worried about power this B 25 has pently of it.
Since buying this model in May 2014, it remains one of my favorites. And it continues to get great interest every time I bring it to the field. I have added HVAC metal tape to the exterior to give it a metal finish, added flaps (http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=2389361), shortened the main strut lengths by 10mm, added 3" Dubro mains and raked the nose strut. I just ordered 2 x 3s/4000/30c Glaciers to add to my 2 x 3s/3700 Eflites for this bird. I've used a buddy's Glaciers and they work great. No issues with any of the FMS design or hardware on this Mitchell. You won't regret this fine model!
Bought this last week and put her together Friday night. Took about two hours but that's because I was in no rush... Instruction are terrible but most of the build is mindless. You can drive yourself crazy looking for the last four screws to secure the wings, so don't...they're already in the wings at the holes provided, just tighten them. Maidened her today (Saturday) and she flies great. No trim what so ever. Took off in shorter distance than I would have thought and just looks great in the air. Very stable and a pleasure to fly...want a vintage WWII bomber, this is the one... great Plane!
Hey guys-i didn't buy my Panchito from Motion rc but, that doesn't stop the guys from there to be very helpful to me in setting up my b-25! I found the set up of this plane alittle bit of a challange but got her done! The fms b-25 is the most stable flying warbird in my collection of 12 birds. Got about two dozen flights on her with only hanger rash to show for it. Don't got one get one -i have no regrets!
Go there instead?