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P-61B Black Widow "Black Panther" 

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Air Force 1 1:72 0090B
P-61B Black Widow "Black Panther"
Scale:
1:72
Length:
8.25"
Width:
11"
Composition:
Diecast
SKU:
AF1-0090B


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Historical:

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-61B Black Widow "Black Panther",  Crewed by Pilots Lt. Stan Logan and Lt. George Kamalian of the 418th Night Fighter Squadron


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  1. Stunning! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Mar 2017

    This is a very striking model. It oozes quality. More metal parts than most and the base of its heavy stand is even attached to the stalk by a wing nut inside the base.

    Beautiful paint scheme with a great deal of attention to detail all over the plane.

    Very evocative of late WW2 American technology and attitude!