North American B-25J Mitchell 44-28932 “Tondelayo” has been leased by the Collings Foundation to the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Museum Education Foundation (DASMF) at Vacaville’s Nut Tree Airport, near Sacramento in Northern California, reports Mike Shreeve of Aeroplane.
The plane, N3476G, which has been inactive for much of the past five years at the Collings Foundation’s maintenance facility at American Aero Services in New Smyrna Beach, Fla., is now being used by the DASMF on passenger pleasure flights over the San Francisco Bay area to raise funds for construction of the Jimmy Doolittle Air and Space Center. The lease agreement also includes an option for the DASMF to purchase the B-25.
Up until 2008, “Tondelayo” was toured across the U.S. alongside the Collings Foundation Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Nine-o-Nine” and Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Witchcraft.” The B-25 was on the tour that year after Collings acquired the dual-control North American TP-51C Mustang Betty Jane.
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