Original U.S. WWII Desk Identification Model of a Northrop P-61 Black Widow Night Fighter

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Original Item: Only One Available. This is a great example of a WWII Desk Identification Model of the P-61 BLACK WIDOW Night Fighter, introduced by Northrop in 1942. It is correctly carved from multiple pieces of wood, then joined together and painted black. Named for the deadly spider, this aircraft lived up to its name. The plane was the first operational U.S. warplane designed as a night fighter, and the first aircraft designed to use radar. The P-61 had a crew of three: pilot, gunner, and radar operator. It was armed with four 20 mm (.79 in) Hispano M2 forward-firing cannon mounted in the lower fuselage, and four .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns mounted in a remote-controlled dorsal gun turret.

Measuring 13" in length and 17" wingspan, the stands on its steel frame mount just 7 1/2" tall. Used to train Pilots so they would recognize the P-61 in the dark and to avoid confusing U.S. Aircraft with those of the Enemy, be it German or Japanese.

Most Impressive and Original, ready to display!

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