P-61 Black Widow Restoration

P-61 Black Widow Restoration

On January 10, 1945, a P-61 Black Widow night fighter crashed into the slopes of Mount Cyclops on the island of New Guinea. Forty years later, a team from the Mid Atlantic Air Museum set out to recover the wreckage and restore the rare aircraft to its original flying condition.

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 Here, The Mid Atlantic Air Museum’s own Russ Strine shows talks about their decades old Northrop P-61B Black Widow restoration. It truly is an amazing labor of love.

Video courtest of Matt Jolley www.warbirdradio.com

Aviation History | History of Flight | Aviation History Articles, Warbirds, Bombers, Trainers, Pilots | P-61 Black Widow Restoration

Aviation History | History of Flight | Aviation History Articles, Warbirds, Bombers, Trainers, Pilots | P-61 Black Widow Restoration

Aviation History | History of Flight | Aviation History Articles, Warbirds, Bombers, Trainers, Pilots | P-61 Black Widow Restoration

Updated: September 2, 2020 — 11:55 AM

2 Comments

  1. That is truly great that you are restoring that amazing warbird back to its original condition.

  2. The P61 was the 1st airplane I had ever seen. It was back in the early 1950s and mounted on a concrete pedestal somewhere in Western Ohio. I was in grade school and lived in Indiana. I believe that plane is the one in the Air Force Museum. I still have a mental picture of that plane buzzing around in my head because it started me on a career of learning to fly, flying charter, flying for United Airlines and still flying a hangar full of my planes after 58 years. I am so thrilled to see this project being restored. It is amazing to me how a few seconds of viewing an airplane mounted on a concrete pedestal as my dad drove down the highway can trigger a lifelong career and love affair.

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