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Northrop P-61 Black Widow
Technical Information

Background
P-61 Black WidowThe Black Widow was the first aircraft totally designed as a night fighter. Its innovative slotted flaps and spoiler ailerons allowed operation from short airstrips and improved handling; the radar carried in its nose made it the dominant force in the night skies.

A takeoff roll of 1,000 feet and landing speeds of 70 to 80 mph. It featured slotted wing flaps and "spoiler" type ailerons for better control at all speeds. P-61's performed well in all theaters of World War II and one was credited with the last kill of the conflict.

From July 6, 1944, when it claimed its first victory, to war's end, the P-61 distinguished itself as one of America's most unique fighting machines. Only four P-61 aircraft are known to exist today.

Technical Details
Crew  Two (Pilot and Radio/Radar operator)
Engine  2 x Pratt and Whitney R-2800 Radial Engines
Span  66'
Length  49'
Height  14'
Maximum Speed  350+ mph
Range  1,200 miles
Armament  (nose) 4x 20mm cannons (turret) 4 x .50 cal Machine Guns
Bombload  up to 6,400 lbs

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