W.T. LARKINS COLLECTION
No. 3431. Northrop N-8 P-61B Black Widow (42-39600 c/n 1119) US Army Air Forces
Photographed by W.T. Larkins

Northrop N-8 P-61B Black Widow

10/31/2006. Remarks by Jack McKillop: "This is a P-61B-15-NO. One of the major modifications on this model was the return of the remote controlled dorsal turret with four .50-caliber (12.7 mm) machine guns. The original P-61s were designed with the turret but it had been removed on the 38th P-61A and the first 195 P-61Bs because of 'a vibration problem when the guns were fired' although the real reason may have been that the turret had a higher priority in the B-29 Superfortress program."

Created April 21, 2004