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.
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.
In 2012, 29 year old Patrick Mihalek, believed there was hope to make Sandbar Mitchell fly again and to achieve a life long dream of creating the Warbirds Of Glory Museum. After many lucky breaks he acquired a partial B-25 airframe. Having help from his good friend Todd Trainor, Director of the Aeronca Aircraft History Museum he was able to obtain the ownership to Sandbar Mitchell from the Thorsrud family, the necessary recovery permits from the state of Alaska and Fort Wainwright.
This is a unique story of how determination, passion and one mans dream can become a flying reality. It has always been Patrick’s goal to lead the next generation of caretakers for these flying pieces of American history and to share them with generations to come.
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.