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B-25 Mitchell Bomber Flyover
Sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans Flight Team and The Maryland Jockey Club.
The B-25 Mitchell Bomber
- The North American B-25 was the most famous twin-engine medium bomber used during World War II.
- It was produced in greater numbers than any other American twin-engine combat aircraft.
- No doubt, part of its heroic stature derives from its name sake, the out spoken General Billy Mitchell-- who proved once and for all that bombers could destroy targets, and that wars would never more be decided only on land or sea.
- The B-25 achieved worldwide fame on April 18,1942 when 16 B-25s, under the command of Lt. Col James Doolittle, launched from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet and attacked Tokyo in a daring raid.
- A typical B-25 crew consists of 6 crew members. They include the Pilot, Co-pilot, Navigator, Engineer, Waist Gunner and Tail Gunner.
- The max speed of the B-25 is 272 mph. The bomb load is 3,000 pounds. The wing span is 67’ 7” with the length being 53’6” and the height is 16’4”.
The Disabled American Veterans
- The 1.2 million-member DAV is a non-profit 501(c)(4) charity dedicated to fulfilling our promised to the men and women who served.
- The DAV was founded in 1920 by disabled veterans returning from World War I to represent their unique interests. In 1932, the DAV was congressionally chartered as the official voice of the nation’s wartime disabled veterans.
- With brave Americans leaving the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan, the DAV’s services and advocacy are as relevant and critical today as in any time in our nation’s history.
- Annually, the DAV represents more than 200,000 veterans and their dependents with claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense.
- The DAV’s Voluntary Services Program operates a comprehensive network of volunteers who provide veterans free rides to and from VA medical facilities and improve care and morale for our sick and wounded heroes.
- The DAV’s 1.2 million members provide grassroots advocacy and services in communities nationwide. From educating lawmakers and the public about important issues to supporting services and legislation to help disabled veterans — the DAV is there to promote its message of hope to all who have served and sacrificed.
- DAV is dedicated to one, single purpose: fulfilling our promises to the men and women who served.