TB-25N 44-29121 on display at Spain’s Museo del Aire, its Spanish Air Force colour scheme now a little faded. DAVID HALFORD
Big Bad Bonnie was operated for a time by ‘Jeff’ Hawke and Rodney Small under the Mitchell Flight banner. CLIFF KNOX/KEY
Since the early 1980s, 44-29366 has been exhibited by the RAF Museum at Hendon, wearing a generic USAAF camouflage scheme. BEN DUNNELL

Even before the arrival of the five B-25s it was the intention of ‘Jeff’ Hawke to keep his two Visionaireoperated machines in the UK. Here they would be able to earn their keep, both on the air display circuit and for use in films. As things worked out, only one of the five returned to the USA and this was some years later. Most of the others would eventually find themselves in the hands of national aviation museums in European capitals.

Become a Premium Member to Read More

This is a premium article and requires an active Key.Aero subscription to view.

I’m an existing member, sign me in!

I don’t have a subscription…

Enjoy the following subscriber only benefits:

  • Unlimited access to all KeyAero content
  • Exclusive in-depth articles and analysis, videos, quizzes added daily
  • A fully searchable archive – boasting hundreds of thousands of pieces of quality aviation content
  • Access to read all our leading aviation magazines online - meaning you can enjoy the likes of FlyPast, Aeroplane Monthly, AirForces Monthly, Combat Aircraft, Aviation News, Airports of the World, PC Pilot and Airliner World - as soon as they leave the editor’s desk.
  • Access on any device- anywhere, anytime
  • Choose from our offers below