Northrop P-61 Black Widow

Night Fighter

Northrop P-61C Black Widow US Army Air Force (USAAF) 43-8330 / FK-330 1376 © Karsten Palt
Photo ©: Karsten Palt
The Northrop P-61 Black Widow is a twin-engined three-seat night fighter aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Northrop Corporation.
Crew3
Propulsion2 Radial Engines
Engine ModelPratt & Whitney R-2800-65 Double Wasp
Engine Power (each)1491 kW2000 hp
Speed589 km/h318 kts
  366 mph
Service Ceiling3.231 m10.600 ft
Rate of climb637 m/min2090 ft/min
Range963 km520 NM
598 mi.
Empty Weight10.637 kg23.450 lbs
max. Takeoff Weight16.420 kg36.200 lbs
Wing Span20,12 m66 ft 0 in
Wing Area61,5 m²662 ft²
Length15,11 m49 ft 7 in
Height4,47 m14 ft 8 in
First Flight26.05.1942
Production Statusout of production
Production Range1943-1945
Total Production706
ICAO CodeP61
Data for (Version)Northrop P-61B
VariantsP-61A, P-61B, P-61C, F-15 Reporter

[Photo-ID: 5481] © Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Northrop P-61C Black Widow, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), 43-8353, c/n 1399,© Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop
P-61C Black Widow
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
Reg.: 43-8353
c/n: 1399
 
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 5480] © Karsten Palt 2012-01-11
Northrop P-61C Black Widow, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), 43-8353, c/n 1399,© Karsten Palt, 2012Northrop
P-61C Black Widow
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
Reg.: 43-8353
c/n: 1399
 
National Museum of the United States Air Force [Dayton, Ohio / USA (Wright-Patterson AFB)]
[Photo-ID: 10335] © Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Northrop P-61C Black Widow, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), 43-8330, c/n 1376,© Karsten Palt, 2014Northrop
P-61C Black Widow
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
Reg.: 43-8330
c/n: 1376
 
NASM Udvar Hazy Center [Chantilly, VA]
[Photo-ID: 10336] © Karsten Palt 2014-05-28
Northrop P-61C Black Widow, United States Army Air Forces (USAAF), 43-8330, c/n 1376,© Karsten Palt, 2014Northrop
P-61C Black Widow
United States Army Air Forces (USAAF)
Reg.: 43-8330
c/n: 1376
 
NASM Udvar Hazy Center [Chantilly, VA]