Saturday, July 10, 2010
The Black Widow
Here are some images of Monogram's 1/48 scale Northrop P 61 Black Widow (cue Alice Cooper song!) (actually I used to raise spiders). Anyway back to the aircraft. From Wikipedia "The Northrop P 61 Black Widow was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically to use radar. The "Black Widow" was an all-metal, twin-engine,twin boom, aircraft flown as a night fighter by United States Army Air force squadrons in the European theater, the Pacific theater, the CBI theater, and the Mediterranean theater during WWII. It replaced earlier British-designed night-fighter aircraft that had been updated to incorporate radar when it became available. On the night of 14 August 1945, a P-61B-2 of the 548th NFS named "Lady in the Dark" was unofficially credited with the last Allied air victory before VJ day.