Red Bull
B-25J-35-NC SN 44-86893 "Red Bull"

B-25J-35-NC SN 44-86893 "Red Bull"

History

The B-25J-35-NC SN 44-86893 now flying as "Red Bull" was accepted on August 10, 1945. She was flown to Rosecrans Field, Missouri on August 31, 1945. The following assignments are listed on the record card:

Base Assignments

08/31/1945 Rosecrans Field, MO 561st BU
04/03/1946 4149th AAF Base Unit
05/13/1949 Fort Dix, NJ 3171st Electronics Research
12/08/1955 Hanscom Field, MA 6521 Test Sq
12/12/1955 Birmingham AAF, AL Maintenance and conversion to TB-25K by Hayes
03/07/1956 Hanscom Field, MA 6521 Test Sq
08/24/1956 Wurtsmith AFB, MI 412th Matron
01/09/1957 Kinross AFB, MI 507th Matron
03/25/1957 Wurtsmith AFB, MI 412th Matron
08/27/1957 Davis Monthan AFB, AZ AMC in storage

On October 8, 1958, she was sold to Abe Sellards of Safford, Arizona. Her civil registration of N6123C was assigned that December. By May of 1959, she was converted to an agricultural sprayer. She was sold in November of 1965 to Aircraft Specialties of Mesa, Arizona. She was purchased by Cen-Tex Aviation in San Marcos, Texas and flown to Chino, California for storage. In May of 1977, she was purchased by Kansas City Warbirds of Kansas City, Missouri. She was ferried to Kansas City, Missouri and underwent a 7 year restoration. She flew as "Fairfax Ghost". On March 31, 1985, she flew the ceremonial last flight out of Fairfax Airport becoming the final B-25 to fly out of that historic location. The "Fairfax Ghost" marked the flight with the dropping of a wreath over the airport the afternoon. After this ceremonial flight, "Fairfax Ghost" flew back around and prepared for a landing to take on more fuel. As they lowered the gear, they received a warning indicating the nose gear was not locked in the down position. Landing at the airport could have ended in a nose gear failure. Since the airport was closing, this could not be risked. They flew in pattern for several hours cycling the gear trying to get the nose gear to lock. As fuel became an issue, a decision was made to fly the aircraft to her new home at Richards Gebauer Airport. As she came in for a landing, her nose gear held. Investigation into the problem determined wear on the nose gear down lock was the fault. This small metal part activates a sensor in the aircraft when the nose gear is locked in the proper position. In May of 1995, she was purchased by The Flying Bulls.

  • Model: B-25J-35-NC
  • Serial Number: 44-86893
  • NAA Mfg. Number: 108-47647
  • FAA Registration: N6123C
  • Mfg. Plant: Fairfax - Kansas City, Kansas
  • Completion Date: August 1945
  • Delivery Date: August 10, 1945
  • Status: Flying
  • Owner: The Flying Bulls
  • Location: Salzburg, Austria
  • Website: http://www.hangar-7.com/en/the-flying-bulls/the-flying-bulls/
  • Notable info: On March 31, 1985, she flew the ceremonial last flight out of Fairfax Airport becoming the final B-25 to fly out of that historic location. The "Fairfax Ghost" marked the flight with the dropping of a wreath over the airport. She is Jim and Dan's first love. Jim was on the flight crew during her time as the "Ghost". She was the first B-25 that bomber builders Harry and Alice Desko flew in.

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