The B-25 History Project
This website is built and maintained by the B-25 History Project. We are dedicated "To preserve and honor the history of the B-25 "Mitchell" bomber and the men and women who built, flew, and maintain them; past, present and future". Along with honoring and preserving the history of the B-25 we will help ensure its survival. Our plan is to highlight the entire history of the B-25 from its origins through today with a focus on the Fairfax, Kansas plant. Producing 6,680 of the 9,889 aircraft, the Fairfax plant built most of the B-25s currently flying worldwide. This information is proudly brought to you by some of the most respected and knowledgeable B-25 and Fairfax plant historians around.
We are now 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. As a not for profit organization, we cannot profit on our endeavors. Every person connected to this project is a volunteer. I am proud to say 100% of what we do goes to the men and women who truly deserve it. We are all honored to tell the story of the great men and women who built one of the greatest bombers of World War II. We are so humbled that we have grown so much in such a short period of time. We cannot thank those who have been involved in our success enough. We would like to thank every person that visits this website. We simply would not be here without your help.
The B-25 History project was founded on the idea of collectively sharing resources and knowledge to a common goal. We are teaming up with museums, historians, and organizations to bring the most comprehensive understanding of the history of the B-25 bomber to life. Our goal is to inspire and educate the next generation to continue our work preserving and honoring that history.
The Museum: One of our most pressing projects is the collection and preservation of artifacts related to the history of the B-25, with a focus on the history of the Fairfax plant in Kansas City. If not gathered and preserved soon, what little remains will be lost forever. Currently in the acquisition phase, the B-25 History Project Museum has already collected over 1500 physical artifacts related to the B-25 and the men and women who built, flew and maintain them. We continue to collect artifacts on an almost daily basis as our collection continues to grow. These artifacts are being meticulously documented, digitized, and preserved so the story they tell can continue. Although the overwhelming majority of these artifacts have been donated by people connected to the B-25 or their family, preserving these artifacts is our biggest expense to date. If you would like to help us preserve these artifacts, please consider a tax deductible donation. If you have an artifact you would like us to preserve please contact us. We understand that preservation is pointless if we do not share that history. Ultimately, our goal is to open a museum that will allow us to display our vast archive to the public. Currently, our museum project includes bringing an airworthy B-25 back to the Kansas City area. Although ambitious, we are confident we are building the right team to make this happen.
Radio Restoration Project: In January of 2018, we announced an exciting restoration project. We will be restoring multiple complete B-25 radio sets to full working order. The project lead is our Combat Historian Mike Laney. Mike's grandfather flew 52 combat missions with the 486th BS, 340th BG, 57th BW from January 28 through August 15, 1944. This multi-year project will include, command, liaison, and emergency radio sets. One set will be donated to the Sandbar Mitchell restoration project. The second will be a mobile set to be used for education. A third will be part of a static "hands-on" museum display that will become a base for a WWII enthusiast ham radio club. If you would like to donate manpower, material, or money for this project please contact us.
The Digital Archive: Our archives contain thousands of photographs, and hundreds of documents relating to the history of the B-25. We have a nearly complete collection of North Ameri-Kansans, the weekly Kansas City plant newsletter. Skyline magazines, booklets from the factories, tech manuals, government reports, and many other types of documents are stored electronically. We have recently joined forces with some of the world's most respected B-25 historians to combine our expansive research. In 2018, we will upgrade our digital servers and start the process of assembling histories of every single B-25 airframe ever built. As we continue to grow the information in our archives, we will eventually maintain the largest electronic repository of B-25 history preserved for generations to come. As part of our museum project, these files will eventually be made available for global educational access. If you would like to donate files for research or money to make this project happen, please contact us.
Education: The B-25 History Project is committed to education as well. We are currently working with museums to develop educational B-25 displays. We also have a program designed for school children of any age. Any opportunity we can find to educate the general public on the history of the B-25 will not be over-looked. Our historians have also developed 30, 45, and 60 minute presentation programs on different topics related to the history of the B-25. Upon request, we can also tailor a presentation to your event.
Website: Still under development, this website is our current voice to the world. Planned as the single most comprehensive resource for information on the history of the B-25, we are diligently researching two main aspects of B-25 History. The first is our section of Airframe Biographies. We have been expanding this continually since this first site went live. The team has settled on a final format for the pages, and over the next several months we will update the existing pages and continue loading new bios. The second aspect is the personal stories behind the history of the B-25. Our connection to the men and women who built B-25s in Kansas City gives us a unique perspective on that history. We feel this is an important story to tell.
Project X and Project Y: We are always looking to the future. As such, we are in the preliminary stages of two separate projects of great importance to our mission. Project X will be a long term project that is the most expensive project we have considered. Check back here for more information on these two projects in the coming months.
The Dreamers and the Doers
In my experiences, I have come across many kinds of people. The two types of people that really stand out are the "Dreamers" and the "Doers". The dreamers always have a vision. The doers are willing to get it done. I admire both of these personality types. As George Bauer once wrote: "The skeptics may slow progress, but the dreamer who also becomes a doer will always win.". In my opinion, every one of the people working on this project are both dreamers and doers.