B-25J-25-NC SN 44-30203
B-25J-25-NC SN 44-30203

B-25J-25-NC SN 44-30203

History

The B-25J-25-NC SN 44-30203 was originally a Venezuelan lend-lease aircraft after the war. Not much is known about her military past. She flew in Venezuela until the early seventies when the bulk of their B-25s were sold off. There were only 4 remaining B-25s there when she was pushed off the ramp at Marakay into the weeds. Over the years they removed some parts as the weeds became the jungle and she was forgotten. In 1992, she was purchased and brought back to the United States in crates. Currently still under restoration, she is one of the most historic birds now known.

To explain her importance, I must first divulge a "dirty" little secret. The majority of the B-25s known have been "civilianized". Not only were the weapons removed, but they were processed through either a "Hayes" modification or a "Hughes" modification. This modification stripped all of the armor plate, reconfigured the interior, and made numerous other changes to the structure of the B-25. This effectively modified the B-25 to a different model. Many existing B-25 owners have made attempts to restore their plane closer to factory original condition. This is challenging since there are few examples of a factory original B-25. This B-25 is about as close as it comes. She even appears to have original glass in her Bendix turret. There are only a few existing B-25s that even have a Bendix turret. As far as I know, this is the only B-25 that has her original turret.

  • Model: B-25J-25-NC
  • Serial Number: 44-30203
  • NAA Mfg. Number: 108-33478
  • FAA Registration: Never registered
  • Mfg. Plant: Fairfax - Kansas City, Kansas
  • Completion Date: Unknown
  • Delivery Date: Unknown
  • Status: Restoration
  • Owner: Lynn Hunt
  • Location: Santa Rosa, California
  • Website: n/a
  • Notable info: One of the most completely original B-25 bombers known. Has not undergone either a Huges or Hayes modification.

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