APOD: Snarling B-25

APOD: Snarling B-25

From the Oshkosh archives: a B-25J Mitchell bomber bristles with machine guns and snarls out at the crowd. The B-25 was primarily designed to drop bombs, but as the war went on it became clear that the Mitchell could handily be used as a ground-attack aircraft. As such, the B-25 was gradually modified to include prodigious quantities of forward-facing machine guns to facilitate strafing runs.

A beautiful machine with a deadly purpose. The classic dichotomy of the warbird: beauty and death rolled together into one striking machine.

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