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  • Birthday 10/18/1963

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  1. Thanks, that is good to know. I have no references to fire extinguishers except whatever color photo I can find. The flightline extinguishers were red, I have color photos of them, but didn't really know about inside the aircraft.
  2. Curious, what color are fire extinguishers in England? American fire extinguishers are bright red.
  3. Fantastic, but I believe the ceramic conduit holders were light coloered if not white. I'm going to be saving photos of your plane for future references. Very well done. Will you be adding the decal on the right side, like in the photo you show at the top of the page, that says, "AN-AP5-13 RADIO"?
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    P-61 The Spook Done! March 27 2014

    Finally read through the thread... I made the same mistake others made on this aircraft. Well done. Will
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    Considering a HB P-61

    Hang on a moment, from everything I've read about the widow, it never had a gun laying radar. Never even planned one since any radar unit was exceptionally large during that time. To my knowledge, and I could be wrong but I don't think so, gun laying radar didn't exist for any aircraft because no one had that technology at that time. Gun laying radar did exist, don't get me wrong, but it wasn't small enough to fit into a fighter. Radars were exceptionally large contraptions and needed two engine aircraft to carry them. Especially at the beginning of the war. The guns were operated by remote control. You know, those funny hand controls at both the gunner's and r/o's station. Development for gun laying radar in aircraft couldn't happen until they learned how to make the radar small enough to be of use inside a plane. They were used instead inside of trailers and were used to guide the anti-aircraft guns on the ground. I would love to find these phone records you were talking about, could you guide me on where I could find them please? Will
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    Considering a HB P-61

    Some differences between the A & B. Extra 8 inches to the nose seen by a lengthened panel on the top of the nose. A had to keep main landing gear doors open, they were one piece, B had split outboard main landing gear door so that the doors could be closed with the gear down. The ailerons on the A had trim tabs, the B did not. The r/o station is a bit different between the A & B as the A used a flat panel to mount gauges and the B used racks.
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    Considering a HB P-61

    Thanks Dana, that is good to know. I know that the Mossie was the best of WW2. Still the Widow was a good night fighter, just didn't have enough power. Originally planned with supercharger engines, the procurement office wouln't allow it until the C model. The other problem was that pilots didn't fly it to its full potential. It took Mr. John Meyer to teach them how to really fly it. It was during his demonstrations in the Pacific theater he earned the moniker "The Mistro."
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    Considering a HB P-61

    Interesting, what are you using for your source of information?
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    Considering a HB P-61

    The P61B started production without the turret, however once parts became available, the turret was put back into production. It is believed that the real reason the turret was removed was not so much the buffeting problem but the greater need for the B29 program. Some minor redesign did solve the buffeting for the most part but by the time they were added back some pilots seemed to still prefer them being locked in the forward position.
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    Considering a HB P-61

    If anyone needs research help with the P61, let me know. I have some considerable amount of info I can share.
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    P-61 The Spook Done! March 27 2014

    I hate to tell you this but the left side of the spook said anonymous III.
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    Lady in the Night..Hobby Boss P-61B Black Widow

    On that last photo of the lady, the nose and cowl flaps are red... The squadron markings.
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    Lady in the Night..Hobby Boss P-61B Black Widow

    That was the second iteration of Bat outta hell. Flown by flight leader capt. William Dames. A/C number 25609 if my sources are correct.
  14. Got it, your lower conduit is correct for the "A". The T-handle coming from the box/bracket is the pull release for the bottom door opening mechanism. The two conduits I saw going forward on the left belong to the two antennas. One on the top for communication, the other on the bottom below and slightly forward of where the r/o sits, used to transmit friend or foe signals. Will
  15. Actually the box that you have the lower conduit running to is not a box but a bracket where that T-handle I was telling you about goes. I'll check on what that T-handle actually goes to. Just realized that the picture you sent me was from a P61C. That's why it was so confusing. Duh, silly me.
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