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    Default Howard hughs B-25 ??

    Does any know what has be come of the B25 in lancaster CA the a&p school had the props off and I heard they mixed all the stuff up or didn't mark them darn learning curve the worst part was they broke some kind of pump when they pulled them,they had a KC99 out front also they were going to make a strato liner out of ok have fun thanks

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    I crawled around in it after a bunch of freighters including myself were weathered out of the LA Basin one morning in 1986. A bunch of us descended upon Fox Field.

    It (B-25) was mostly complete and not vandalized, just open. I opened the front door and climbed in, some other guys went into the airstair in the back. It had really neat miniature venetian blinds in the windows, a bed in the cut-down crawl-through, and some cool old chairs. Typical old panel set-ups, and I remember that it wasn't too far from stock, just an older model than the J/N I had been flying. Maybe it is a D model?

    At the time the A-20 was next to it, and it was really weird as the rear of it was a little office with three chairs and a telephone, all in dark pigskin.

    Both airplanes had the wing outer panels removed and the spars suffered from severe intergranular corrosion. Still, two unmolested and intact executive transport ers is a cool display. I'm glad I got to see them and rummage through them when I did.

    I don't know what happened to the B-25. I think the A-20 is in storage at Aero Traders desert facility.

    Chris...

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    Default Re: Howard hughs B-25 ??

    Don't ya wish we had cell phones that took pictures back then!

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    Oh, yes.
    Chris...

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    The B-25 is supposed to still be in Lancaster:
    http://www.warbirdregistry.org/b25re...5-4113251.html
    I believe it can been seen on Google Earth
    The A-20 is now owned by Kermit Weeks and in storage with Aero Trader
    http://www.warbirdregistry.org/a20re...0-4322197.html

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    Thanks guys, neat stuff.
    Chris...

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    .....WJF.....16 Oct 1985....











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    That is just how they looked when I saw them, back in '86. Thanks for the memory back-up.
    Chris...
    P.S. Funny how I now see the trim stripes as very TWA-like.

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    These are from 10 Oct 06 and the Museum is planning on a Static Restoration. The outer panels are in an adjacent hanger and as soon as
    they move a Fiesler Stork out of the way, they'll put the Mitchell in and start work.
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    Amazing shots. The shot of the B25 from the RR quarter with the blinds half-open is positively stirring. I love this stuff...
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