Northrop P-61C Black Widow at the Udvar-Hazy Center

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Northrop P-61C Black Widow at the Udvar-Hazy Center

The P-61 Black Widow was the first United States aircraft designed from the start to find and destroy other aircraft at night and in bad weather.  The aircraft is pictured here on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in May of 2006.

The P-61 served in combat for only the final year of World War II but flew in the European, Mediterranean, Pacific, and China-Burma-India theaters. Black Widow crews destroyed 127 enemy aircraft and 18 robot V-1 buzz bombs.

Image Number: WEB10586-2006
Credit: Image by Dane Penland, National Air and Space Museum, Smithsonian Institution
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