The B-25J (shown above) was a medium bomber with a crew of 6, comprised of bombadier/gunner, pilot, co-pilot, top gunner, tail-gunner, waste gunner. It was powered by a pair of 1,700 hp (1250kW) Wright R-2600-29 "Cyclone" 14 cylinder, air-cooled engines. Maximum speed was 272 mph (438km/h) at 15,000 ft, with a ceiling of 24,000 ft (7375 m) and a range of 1350 miles (2170 km) with a full load of bombs. Armament varied considerably in the B25 depending on the type of mission the plane was designed for. The Americans were never stinting on defensive armament for their bombers. The one shown above is a B25J designed as a bomber, so it carried eleven 0.50 caliber machine guns; two in the top turret, two in the tail, one in the nose, two in cheek packs on each side under the pilot and one in each waste window. The top, nose and cheek pack guns could also be used in strafing, if so desired. This version carried 3,000 lbs of bombs (usually six 500 pounders) in an interior bomb bay. Other models replaced the bomb aimers position with a solid nose mounting eight 0.50 caliber machine guns and a 70 mm cannon. This model saw use in the Pacific Theatre as an anti-shipping bomber. Other armament brought the total up to an awsome 13 heavy machine guns in a medium bomber, and carried 4,000 lbs (1800 kg) of bombs in it’s bomb bay.
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