Monday, June 11, 2007

P-61 Black Widow

The P-61 Black Widow was the first radar_equipped night-fighter designed by Northrup Grumman. Flown initially in 1942, over 400 P-61s would be built before retirement at the end of World War II. The Black Widow topped out at 366 mph and had a maximum take-off weight of 36,200 pounds. The aircraft was armed with four 20 mm cannons (lower forward fuselage), four 12.7 mm machine guns (dorsal barbette) and could carry up to 6,400 pounds worth of bombs.

P-61 Black Widow at Hammer Field. 550th Night Fighter Officers Logan Charles sixth from the left top row.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Interesting - my father-in-law was also in the P-61 during WWll and flew with the 419th.... He was stationed here in Fresno at Hammer Field and came back to this area to live becuase he liked it. Wish I had known of this site before he passed away as he would have enjoyed it and may have been able to identify some of those shown in the pics.

Thanks for sharing..... I am going to follow this blog thru it's journey.