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Tuesday
Oct122010

CoolPix And 'Name The Plane' Northrop P-61 Black Widow

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 Earlier today I whipped up an aircraft ID test as part of my on again off again game I call 'Name The Plane'. I thought I was being really clever by cropping down the rear windows in the Northrop P-61 Black Widow so it actually looked like cockpit windows. I figured it would be good for at least two days of avgeek research. I was wrong. About an hour after I put it up, twitter follower @PilotConway had it nailed! Of course it didn't hurt him that he had recently built a 1/48 scale model of the P-61 and those back windows had been pesky during the build. He turned that little bit of knowledge into a bacon sandwich at OSH11 : )

 So here's the whole picture of the P-61 as a nice big CoolPix.

 I'll have more details another day about this rather large and somewhat slow night fighter. As with everything built for the WWII effort, there's a lot of interesting info to be learned about the design process and then the actual military flight operations... but for now I hope you enjoy checking out a really big picture of another one of Jack Northrop's unique aircraft.

 

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