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#1 10 years ago

Yea, thats right. The little to never spoken of P-61 Black widow. One of the most kick-ass planes of WW2.

p61_black_widow.jpgThere are four P-61 night fighters in existence, worldwide. Three are on static display and sadly incapable of flight. The fourth 'Black Widow' is the subject of an epic recovery and restoration project conceived and led by Eugene "Pappy" Strine, co-founder of the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum. The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum is restoring the fourth P-61 Black Widow left. And it will fly. Not only will it fly, but like the paragraph states above, it will be the only flying one in existence ( I'm talking about the real deal, not a hard copy of the P-61 ).

The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum is about 15 miles from my house. I've been able to see the slow but sure restoration progress, happen, with my own eyes. Its awesome to see the plane in real life.

Here is a link to The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's web-page for this 'epic' project:

MAAM's P-61 Recovery and Restoration Project - The Widow's Web

If you look around you'll find some pictures of the plane. I do believe they have pictures documenting the whole thing. Its also interesting to read where they found the plane, and how they got it out.

I've known about this for years. And like I said have seen it since they started work on it. But it just occurred to me tonight that maybe some of you may find this interesting.

Make sure to explore the site!




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#3 10 years ago

It is cool plane indeed. :)

I like this plane for its interesting looks and technical features as well:

Dornier Do 335 do335_a.gif

This baby was the fastest Pistonengine Plane of WW2. :) Unluckyly only 38 or so were ever produced.




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#4 10 years ago

The Pfiel and Blackwidow are both cool, but I gotta go with the Pfiel for amazing design and its abilities, as well as first ejection seat.




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#5 10 years ago

Ok another picture as that first one had antileech protection. ^^ And here the homepage: (in german though) LuftArchiv.de - Das Archiv der Deutschen Luftwaffe

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#6 10 years ago

Yea but the P-61 was used against the Japanese. The Dornier Do was used against Americans and British I guess, if it was used, I don't know.. I've never heard of it.




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#7 10 years ago
Sire_Apple;4550725Yea but the P-61 was used against the Japanese. The Dornier Do was used against Americans and British I guess, if it was used, I don't know..

Sooo..?




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#8 10 years ago

So they are super complete opposites :p.

I do wish and hope when Fh2 does the Pacific Theater that they include the P-61. At least on one map!




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#9 10 years ago
N24Reporter;4550249Ok another picture as that first one had antileech protection. ^^ And here the homepage: (in german though) LuftArchiv.de - Das Archiv der Deutschen Luftwaffe Do335_3seiten_bunt.jpg

That designer brought half finished work. If I would have designed it I would have made it 100% symmetric :p




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#10 10 years ago

I wouldn't feel at home if there was a thread on this forum that didn't go off topic.




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