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P-61A Black Widow #42-25502 "Skippy/Nocturnal Nemesis" 

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Air Force 1 1:72 0090C
P-61A Black Widow #42-25502 "Skippy/Nocturnal Nemesis"
Scale:
1:72
Length:
8.25"
Width:
11"
Composition:
Diecast
SKU:
AF1-0090C


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Historical:

This new 1/72 scale, die cast model of a Black Widow wears the markings of “Skippy/Nocturnal Nemesis,” which was crewed by Lt. Dave T. Corts and R/O Lt. Alexander Berg of the 421st Night Fighter Squadron in the Pacific Theater of World War II. 

About the P-61 Black widow:

The Northrop P-61 Black Widow, named for the American spider, was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically for night interception of opposing aircraft, and was the first aircraft specifically designed to useradar. The P-61 had a crew of three: pilot, gunner, and radar operator. It was armed with four 20 mm (.79 in) Hispano M2 forward firing cannons mounted in the lower fuselage, and four .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns.

It was an all-metal, twin-engine, twin-boom design developed during World War II. The first test flight was made on 26 May 1942, with the first production aircraft rolling off the assembly line in October 1943. The last aircraft was retired from government service in 1954.

Although not produced in the large numbers of its contemporaries, the Black Widow was effectively operated as a night-fighter by United States Army Air Forces squadrons in the European Theater, the Pacific Theater, the China Burma India Theater and the Mediterranean Theater during World War II. It replaced earlier British-designed night-fighter aircraft that had been updated to incorporate radar when it became available. After the war, the P-61 served in the United States Air Force as a long-range, all weather, day/night interceptor for Air Defense Command until 1948, and Fifth Air Force until 1950.

Info:       P-61A Black Widow - "42-25502," "Nocturnal Nemesis," 421st NFS, 2Lt. Dave T. Corts & Lt. Alexander Berg, Pacific, 1944


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