P-61 Black Widow Units of World War 2

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P-61 Black Widow Units of World War 2

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The first aircraft to be purposely designed as a radar-equipped nightfigher, Northrop's P-61 Black Widow was heavily influenced by early RAF combat experience with radar-equipped aircraft in 1940/41. Built essentially around the bulky Radiation Laboratory SCR-720 radar, which was mounted in the aircraft's nose, the P-61 proved to be the largest fighter ever produced for frontline service by the USAAF. Twin-engined and twin-boomed, the Black Widow was armed with a dorsal barbette of four 0.50-in Browning machine guns and two ventrally-mounted 20 mm cannon. This volume features all the frontline users of the mighty P-61, and includes many first-hand accounts from pilots and gunners who saw action in the Pacific, Mediterranean and Western Europe.

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Prelude to Combat/European Theatre/Mediterranean Theatre/Pacific Theatre/China/Burma/India Theatre/Appendices

Product details

Published 28 Aug 1998
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 100
ISBN 9781855327252
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 100 b/w; 40 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 8
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Warren Thompson

Warren Thompson has been an avid military aviati…

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Mark Styling

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