North American B-25J-25-NC, serial number 44-30733, nicknamed "Sandbar Mitchell" after it crashed on a Tanana River sandbar near Fairbanks, Alaska in June of 1969. With the help of skilled volunteers this B-25J will once again grace the skies over America in honor of the 340th Bomb Group.
Come see the presentation on the recovery and restoration of Sandbar Mitchell at EAA Airventure 2014 in Oshkosh, WI. The presentation is on Monday, July 28th at 10:00am in forum building 4. You can also meet with Patrick and some of the youth restoration team. We will also have t-shirts and other items for purchase. Also premiering at EAA Oshkosh 2014 is “The Restorers” recovery episode featuring the recovery of Sandbar Mitchell. The show will be playing at the EAA Museum Theater at 4:00pm, August 2nd. The episode will also be featured in the Imax Theater at the United States Airforce Museum in Dayton, OH the full month of August.
After spending 44 years resting on the Tanana River Sandbar, Sandbar Mitchell was recovered on July 5, 2013. She is now being restored in the Warbirds Of Glory Museum shop in Michigan.
The Warbirds of Glory Museum has been founded as a not for profit corporation in the State of Michigan, directed and inspired by 30 Year old Patrick Mihalek. This is the home that will house the B-25J Sandbar Mitchell. She will be restored at the Brighton airport shop and then transported to the nearby Livingston Country Airport for finial assembly. The future hope is to construct a public hangar-museum at Livingston Country Airport for a public display and to hangar the aircraft when not flying on the airshow tour. The IRS 501C3 non-profit status for the museum is in progress.