B-25 Interview #2 with Alfredo Caraveo From Texas Flying Legends and B-25 “Betty’s Dream”

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B-25 INTERVIEW
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Issue Number 2 – March 22, 2013
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Q: When did you solo or receive your wings and how many hours do you have?

A: I soloed in October 2007. I got my PPL in February 2008.

Q: What other bombers or similar aircraft have you flown?

A: The B-25 is the only bomber I have flown. Hopefully, I will get lucky and get typed in the TBM Avenger.

Q: When did you first fly the B-25 and how many hours do you have in it?

A: I first started flying the B-25 in May 2011. I have approximately 150 hrs.

Q: How does the B-25 compare with other similar aircraft you have flown?

A: The B-25 is the largest plane I have flown. It would be hard to compare it the light twins I would fly.

Q: What is the mission of the association that you fly with?

A: The mission the Texas Flying Legends Museum is simple. We fly our planes to honor the veterans and inspire the young. You may visit our website at texasflyinglegends.org.

Q: What are some of the challenges of maintaining and/or flying your B-25?

A: Flying the B-25 is straightforward, although taxiing the plane is difficult at first. The airplane has a Single Engine Safe Speed of 145. Therefore, keeping the aircraft above that speed is crucial. On our landing roll, the first brake application has to be smooth as the brakes are very effective.

Q: What do you like the most about the B-25?

A: I like the history of the B-25.

Q: What do you like the least?

A: There is nothing to dislike about this plane.

Q: Do you have a favorite B-25 story?

A: I like any story about any B-25 that a vet will tell.

Q: What are your final thoughts on the B-25?
A: The B-25 has a great history. Imagine having eight .50 caliber machine guns pointed at you on a strafing run. That would be downright horrifying. This airplane served its purpose well. If I was part of the war effort during that era, the B-25 would have been my choice because I know it would have brought me home.

Thank you, Alfredo.

Rick Mitchell
Editor and Founder
B-25 MITCHELL ASSOCIATION

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