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  • Bill Bain

    The Northrop P-61 Black Widow, named for the American spider, was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically for night interception of opposing aircraft, and was the first aircraft specifically designed to use radar. The P-61 had a crew of three: pilot, gunner, and radar operator.

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Northrop P61 Black Widow. My great grandmother built P61s around 1944.

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