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Built by North American Aviation (NAA) at Air Force Plant NC at Fairfax Field near Kansas City, KS. During July 1945 assigned to the U. S. Army Air Force (USAAF) as B-25J-30/32-NC Mitchell serial number 44-86791.
During 1957 this B-25 was placed into storage at Davis Montham AFB for two years. Afterwards, registered to Merrill & Richard Wien as N8196H. Next flown as an air tanker through the 1960s in Alaska owned by a number of different Alaskan companies including Merric Inc, Frontier Flying Service, RJD Company and Aero Retardant.
In 1977 sold to Pacific Alaska Airlines. During 1979 sold to Donald Gilbertson and painted in the markings of a U. S. Navy (USN) PBJ Mitchell with the nickname "Tite Pussy". In 1979 it appeared in the TV movie "Young Joe: The Forgotten Kennedy" and was stored at Aero Nostalgia at the Stockton, California.
Kevin Arditto adds:
"I suppose you could say I kind of discovered the aircraft in February 1982 when I was posted to the Boeing factory at Everett, WA, by my employer Ansett Airlines at the start of their B767 program. There was a civil aviation side to the field known as Paine Field, and there was some interesting stuff there we didn't see Down Under. Some weekends I would have a wander around, and one day a chap advised me there was a B-25 parked outside sort of out of clear sight, and directed me to it."
Next, sold to Aero Heritage Inc. and flown across the Pacific to Brisbane arriving in December 1983 and sold to the Australian War Memorial (AWM), grounded the aircraft from flying. Flown to Canberra where the uter wings were removed and placed into storage and was not on display. Later, registered as VH-XXV and painted in the markings of a Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) B-25J Mitchell with code KO-P. Painted on the nose was "prepared and maintained for the Australian War Memorial (AWM) by Winrye Aviation Bankstown."
Later, this B-25 was offered for sale and the auction was won by a "foreign organization" that proved to be an American buyer. Sold to Yanks
Air Museum. Since early 1999 registered in the United States as B-25J Mitchell N6116X. On May 22, 2002 registered to Charles F. Nichols Trustee of Baldwin Park, CA with airworthy date of May 25, 2003. This aircraft still painted in RAAF markings was displayed at Yanks
Air Museum. The registration renewed on January 29, 2020.
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