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35301 Corgi   B-25J Mitchell - Heavenly Body, 390th BS, Crusaders, USAAF £ 0.00
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  AA35301 is the superb model of B-25J Mitchell "Heavenly Body" of the 390th BS, 42nd BG "Crusaders", 13th Air Force, Sansapor, New Guinea in 1944.
Has to be seen to be appreciated with rotating gun turret, opening bomb doors, optional rear ladder, steps and undercarriage positions and stand.

Although non-limited it is highly sought after as it is one of the hardest Aviation Archive models to find. Please note: box is not totally perfect but model is as new.

On 20th February 1945 B-25J-25-NC USAAF S/N 44-30748 was delivered to the Army Air Force, however, at that stage in the Second World War, the aircraft was not immediately needed at the battle front, so the Mitchell was flown to South Plains Texas for initial storage (around 1000 Mitchells were stored or still active with the USAAF after WWII). During July 1947, 44-30748 was brought back to flying condition and ferried to Pyote, Texas for further storage. This B-25J did remain in service as the TB-25J multi-engine advanced trainer for military pilots until 1958. Following removal from military inventory in January 1959, it was then purchased by Avery Aviation and based at Greybull, Wyoming. In 1969 it was purchased by Filmways Inc and flown Tallmantz Aviation at Orange County, for the Paramount movie "Catch-22" and was one of 18 B-25 aircraft used in that film. In 1972 it was then purchased by the present owner and underwent extensive restoration with sheer blood, sweat and tears and did not fly again until 1974. Heavenly Body is still flying today and on a regular basis and is flown and maintained by all-volunteer crew. Heavenly Body has been attending and participating at airshows throughout the USA from the mid-1970s to the present day. In April 1992, Heavenly Body was the first B-25 in 50 years to fly from the deck of an aircraft carrier, the USS Ranger in San Diego Bay. That event was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of then, Colonel James Doolittle's flight of 16 B-25 aircraft from the Navy Carrier, USS Hornet (CV-8), on April 18th 1942 to bomb Japan for that country's attack on Pearl Harbour on December 7th 1941.

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 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. These included a few limited variations, such as the United States Navy's and Marine Corps' PBJ-1 patrol bomber and the United States Army Air Forces' F-10 photo reconnaissance aircraft.

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Corgi aviation archive general information

(note not all this information will apply to the above model)

The Corgi Aviation Archive features a vast selection of diecast model airplanes in 1:144, 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales and has become the standard by which all other ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival material. Subject aircraft in the Aviation Archive appeal to all aviation enthusiasts and every diecast model airplane includes such features as:

  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed pilots and crew members (1:72/1:32).
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected interchangeable features such as airbrakes, opened canopies and access panels (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings (1:72/1:32).
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