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P-61B Black Widow Lady in the Dark,' Major Lee Kendall, 548th NFS, 1945 

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P-61B Black Widow Lady in the Dark,' Major Lee Kendall, 548th NFS, 1945

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 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.

On the night of 14 August 1945, a P-61B of the 548th Night Fight Squadron named "Lady in the Dark" was unofficially credited with the last Allied air victory before VJ Day. The P-61 was also modified to create the F-15 Reporterphoto-reconnaissance aircraft for the United States Air Force.

Info: P-61B Black Widow Lady in the Dark,' Major Lee Kendall, 548th NFS, 1945

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  1. Great diecast model of a rare aircraft. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 19th Nov 2018

    A welcome addition to my collection.

  2. Great model for any collection 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Nov 2015

    Model in great details and markings. Will go with any collection

  3. Beautiful detail, turret doesn't turn, colors don't match picture 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th Apr 2015

    This is a beautifully-detailed model of a famous P-61. It is easy to choose gear up or down which I like. The main picture of this model shows a color scheme which is different from the actual model. Some of the follow on pictures show a different airplane than Lady of the Dark, but they do show the red trim on the engine cowls that the model has. If you wanted all black as I did, you are out of luck. It's too bad that Air Force 1 chose to make the turret fixed so it cannot turn. It's obvious if you look from the side that the turret is a separate piece not molded as part of the fuselage. They were almost there and then 'bailed out' and glued it in a fixed position.

  4. Beautiful P-61! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Oct 2014

    Finally a 1:72 scale P-61! This black widow is not only the only replica in its scale, but in quality and authenticity as well. The nose art is superb in its detail, the markings, and paint is sharp and crisp. No worries about exposed screws, or anything really, to break up the lines of this first representation of the Black Widow.

    I did notice some defects that kept this from being five star , the prop cone on the right side has a bit of under spray on the paint and the gear covers don't match the gloss black of the rest of the fuselage; they have a flat black scheme. Also the front facing 20mm cannon are missing , and the rear turret does not swivel. The gear is well made and relatively sturdy, as well as the stand for in flight display. If you love WWII fighter aircraft , this is a great little piece of history to add to your collection.