By Eric Longabardi
This past Saturday started off with an early and awesome pancake breakfast over at Newport Fire Dept's station #7 to help the City of Newport Beach kick off its 100th Fire Dept. Centennial. Soon after I was headed over to John Wayne Airport for another in a series of fly days at the local Lyon Air Museum.
Little over a month ago it was an A-26 attack bomber that took to the skies over Newport. This time it was a B-25 light bomber known as a "Mitchell". The B-25 is one of the most celebrated aircraft of the Word War II era. It is best known as the aircraft used by the U.S. to directly attack Japan with daring bombing raids led by America's famed airman Lt. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle, shortly after the Japanese attack on Peak Harbor in December of 1941.
The raid was most recently imortilized in the 2001 Hollywood movie 'Pearl Harbor'. Actor Alec Baldwin portrayed Lt. Col. Doolittle.