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From the beginning the Northrop P-61 Black Widow was designed to be a night fighter.It was designed by Jack Northrop.Reports from Britain stated the usefulness of night fighters & in November 1940 Northrop submitted plans to the United States Army Air Corps(USAAC)for a heavy night fighter.Northrop's design was accepted in early 1941 & 2 prototypes ordered on Jan 11,1941.13 more were ordered off the drawing board on March 10.The SCR-720 search radar based on a British design modified by MIT.

From the beginning the Northrop Black Widow was designed to be a night…

P-61 Black Widow Northrop | P-61 Painting - Moonhappy by Charles Taylor

This is a reproduction of an original acrylic painting depicting the Black Widow night fighter "Moonhappy" of the NFS during World War II.

Northrop P-61C Black Widow aircraft picture

Udvar Hazy Center - Photo taken at Washington - Dulles International (IAD / KIAD) in Virginia, USA on September

P-61 Black Widow - I wish I could have seen one of these in my lifetime.

The Northrop Black Widow, named for the American spider, was the first operational U. warplane designed as a night fighter, and the first aircraft designed to use radar

Northrop P-61C Black Widow "MoonLight Serenade" at the National Museum of the USAF. (U.S. Air Force photo). During World War II, Northrop built approximately 700 P-61s; 41 of these were C models manufactured in the summer of 1945 offering greater speed and capable of operating at higher altitude. The Black Widow on display was presented to the museum by the Tecumseh Council, Boy Scouts of America, Springfield, Ohio, in 1958.

DAYTON, Ohio -- Northrop Black Widow at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.