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P-61B Black Widow #42-39454 "Cooper's Snooper", George Cooper 

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P-61B Black Widow #42-39454 "Cooper's Snooper", George Cooper

Historical Note:



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 use radar. 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 mounted in a remote-controlled dorsal gun turret.

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 theEuropean Theater, the Pacific Theater, the China Burma India Theater and theMediterranean 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—redesignated the F-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-61B Black Widow "42-39454," “Coopers Snooper”

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Flying the Northrop P-61 " Black Widow" Night Fighter (1944) (28:08)
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  1. Awesome model 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 23rd Apr 2018

    This looks great in my display case!