B-25D Mitchell "Grumpy" at the 2013 Comox Airshow.
Built in North American Aviation’s Kansas City plant, B-25D-30 Mitchell 433318/N88972 was delivered on October 27, 1943 to the USAAF’s advanced flying school at the 402nd Army Air Force Base Unit at La Junta, Colorado. After flying 1,551 hours with the USAAF, the bomber was overhauled at the Kelly Field Depot, Texas. One of 70 B-25Ds included in a 1944 lend-lease transaction, “Grumpy” also served the RAF. Post-war, the hardy aircraft flew as part of Northwest Air Command responsible for the defense of Western Canada. Early in 1962, “Grumpy” was struck off charge and sold by the Crown Assets Disposal Corporation to Joe Goldney of Vancouver, BC. Subsequent private owners have included North Star Aviation of Fairbanks, Alaska (forest fire fighting service) and Noel Merrill Wien of Anchorage, Alaska. It belongs to Historic Flight at Kilo 7 Paine Field, Seattle WA.
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