Axis Nightmare
B-25J-35-NC SN 45-8898 "Axis Nightmare"
photo by Dennis Finley

B-25J-35-NC SN 45-8898 "Axis Nightmare"

History

The B-25J-35-NC SN 45-8898 now flying as "Axis Nightmare" was complete when the Fairfax plant was closed and was delivered directly to the disposal location at Altus, Oklahoma in October of 1945. She was the second to last B-25 bomber built. In December of 1946, she was added to the United States Army Air Force inventory. She was then flown to storage in Pyote, Texas. In August of 1948, she was assigned to Bolling Field, Washington D.C. She was modified by Hayes in March of 1954. She was initially sold in August of 1959 to H. H. Coffield of Rockdale, Texas. Her civil registration was assigned as N3681G. By August of 1974, she was derelict. In October of 1983, she was sold to Aero Trader. Binary Warriors of Weston Massachusetts purchased her in July of 1985. She was disassembled and trucked to Tom Reilly for restoration. Reportedly, her center section was left at Aero Trader and the center section of B-25J-15-NC 44-28765 was used for restoration. Her current registration of N898BW was issued in November of 1985. Her first flight after restoration was in 1988. On July 2, 1997, she was sold to Don George of Springfield, Illinois. On April 8, 1999, she was transferred to Warbirds Incorporated. She is now owned by the Tri-State Warbird Museum.

  • Model: B-25J-35-NC
  • Serial Number: 45-8898
  • NAA Mfg. Number: 108-47749
  • FAA Registration: N898BW
  • Mfg. Plant: Fairfax - Kansas City, Kansas
  • Completion Date: Mid 1945
  • Delivery Date: December 1946
  • Status: Flying
  • Owner: Tri-State Warbird Museum
  • Location: Batavia, Ohio
  • Website: http://www.tri-statewarbirdmuseum.org/
  • Notable info: She was the second to last B-25 bomber built.

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