Photo of Northrop P-61 Black Widow, Florrenes, Belgium, 1945, taken from the video "P-61 Black Widow Night Fighters in Color"

Don't miss our P-61 DVD
*P-61 Black Widow Night Fighters in Color
Color New! Exclusive production from recently discovered materials. Very rare color P-61 footage shot at the end of World War II. See the 422nd NFS operating out of Florennes, Belgium, where you'll get an up close look at P-61 "No Nothin II." Then you'll move on to the Pacific and the island of Saipan, where you'll see legendary 548th NFS P-61 "Bat Outa Hell." One the highlights of this program is P-61 gun camera film showing a night attack with bombs, rockets and 20mm cannon
* Flying the P-61 Series Airplane: The Northrop "Black Widow" Night Fighter
* Night Vision for Airmen Jackie Cooper stars in this short film for night fighter pilots on the does and don't of a successful night fighter interception. A dark film on a dark subject.
* And a 64 page P-61 "Black Widow" pilot's manual in .pdf file format with photos, detailed systems diagrams, performance charts, procedures & more.
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Watch the World War 2 training film used to familiarize new pilots with the Northrop P-61 Black Widow night fighter in streaming video over the Internet-
P-61 Black Widow
"Flying the P-61 Series Airplane"
(1944, B&W, 28:00)
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Was this the Air Corp's first stealth fighter? Here's a rare look at one of the least seen, wildest looking, and most specialized American production aircraft of WW2. Armed to the teeth with powerful engines, radar, a remotely controlled 50 cal. machine gun turret, and four 20mm canon, this black beauty was designed to sneak up on unsuspecting prey and quickly blow them right out of the sky.

More neat P-61 stuff!
Video Short
422nd NFS Northrop P-61 "Black Widow" Night Fighters Intercept V-1 Flying Bombs - 1944
See performance charts, cockpit photos, systems diagrams and more. These are images taken from original World War II pilot & technical manuals.
Visit the P-61 Restoration Project too
Vital Statistics Northrop
Three seat night fighter
Power Plant
two 2,000-hp (1678-kW) Pratt & Whitney R-2800-65 Double Wasp 18-cylinder radials
Maximum Speed:
(2,250 hp/1678 kw war emergency power) 366 mph (589 km/h) at 20,000 ft (6096m)
Climb (military power 2,000-hp (1678-kW) 2,090 (637m) per minute
Range: 1,350 miles (2172 km) at 229 mph
Empty: 23,450 lb (10637 kg)
Max. Takeoff: 36,200 (16420 kg)

Span: 66 ft (20.11m)

Length: 49 ft 7 in (15.11m)

Height: 14 ft. 8 in (4.47m)

Wing Area: 662.36 sq. ft (61.53 m2)


4 X 0.5 (12.7mm) Browning machine guns in dorsal barbette, 560 rounds each

4 X 20mm M2 canon 200 rounds each

Bomb Load 1,600 lbs (726 kg) on four external pylons