Yellow Rose rolled off the assembly line in Kansas City in 1944, around the same time the first visual-aural radio range (VAR) radio beacon (predecessor to the VOR) was put into service. As you can imagine, for an airplane born before the age of modern avionics, engine management and other pilot duties can pose a challenge. Starting the twin 14-cylinder 1,700 hp radial engines is a ritual that begins by spinning the props by hand to check for hydraulic lock. To ensure that all cylinders can move freely, the props on each engine must be turned three full rotations. This is easiest when you have a crew of six able-bodied adults. This being my first time on a B-25, the flight crew thought it would be a lark to see if I could do it by myself. As I hung from the propeller by my fingertips, feet dangling freely in the air, trying desperately to impress yet failing to move the propeller even an inch, I thought, It’s going to be a long day. After laughing themselves silly, the crew finally stepped in to assist. We spun the props and climbed aboard; everyone, that is, except Jim Liles, the engineer. His job was to stand outside, holding a fire extinguisher large enough to douse Mount Vesuvius, just in case disaster struck during engine start. Luckily, it would not be needed today, but I did have a fleeting moment of worry as each engine roared to life. Jim climbed on board, sealed the hatch and we were on our way.