Civil Registration: NL66548
Model(s): B-25J Mitchell, The Flying Seal
History: Built for U.S. Army Air Force as 45-8829, August 1945. -
Not accepted by air force. - Delivered new to Reconstruction Finance Corp, Walnut Ridge, AR, October 31, 1945.
Registered as NL66548. - Converted to executive transport for the National Motor Bearing Company. - Flown as The Flying Seal.
San Francisco in 1948
the National Motor Bearing Co was originally founded in 1920 in San Francisco, by Lloyd A. Johnson, who had built his company from scratch, and went on to invent and patent in 1936 the process of making laminated shims.
the National Motor Bearing Co produced "shims and oil seals", for transportation - trains, planes, automobiles, ships, subs - you name it. It was a key defense industry during WWII and one of, if not, the major employer of the city at that time. It also had 2 subsidiaries: the Arrowhead Rubber Co., and National Seal Co.
the National Motor Bearing Co hired Arthur Radebaugh for the Marketing & Advertizing Dept., and was greatly rewarded by his amazing art style:
You might not recall the name, but you'll probably remember the futuristic art on the cover of MoToR Magazine in the 1930s from my post in 2016
In 1956, the company merged with Federal-Mogul Bower of Detroit which propelled NMB as one of the top 300 companies of the country.
but the tractor he designed is till my favorite https://justacarguy.blogspot.com/2021/03/a-tractor-painting-by-arthur-radebaugh.html