P-61B BLACK WIDOW for x-plane 6.4/6.51
The need for a true night fighter aircraft was well demonstrated during the Battle of Britain in 1940. Aircraft used to counter German night attacks were not very effective. At the direction of the Air Corp's Carl A. Spaatz, John Northrop submitted a ground up night fighter design, which, designated as the XP-61, first flew on May 26, 1942. The Black Widow was the first aircraft designed from the ground up as a night fighter. Its innovative slotted flaps and spoiler ailerons allowed operation from short airstrips and improved handling; the radar carried in its nose made it the dominant force in the night skies of Europe and the South Pacific. From July 6, 1944, when it claimed its first victory, to war's end, the P-61 distinguished itself as one of America's most unique fighting machines. After the war, P-61s were used in reconnaissance, weather research, and flight testing. The first American flight ejections were made from a P-61.
Only four P-61 aircraft are known to exist today.
ENGINES: 2 Pratt and Whitney R-2800 2000 HP radials
WING SPAN: 66.0 ft.
LENGTH: 49.42 ft.
HEIGHT: 14.67 ft.
MAXIMUM SPEED: 366 MPH
ARMAMENT: Four 20mm Cannon.
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