Northrop P-61 Black Widow

The P-61 rolled out on the tarmac at MAAM's WWII Weekend in June, 2014. A lot of work has happened since this point! (photo via Russ Strine)

Northrop P-61 Black Widow – February 2015 Restoration Update

WarbirdsNews recently heard from Russ Strine who runs the Mid Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania. As most of you will know, his museum is rebuilding the Northrop P-61B Black Widow (42-39445) which they recovered from Mt.Cyclops in Hollandia, New Guinea back in the late 1980s. They are making great progress with the night fighter, and we thought you would like[Read More…]

Photo by John Lackey of Fly By Photography

Northrop P-61 Black Widow 2015 Restoration Update

The Mid Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania has made great progress on their Northrop P-61 Black Widow restoration project over the past year. Last December, volunteers pulled the P-61’s outer right wing from storage, prepared holding fixtures for it and moved the wing into the shop for rebuild. The crew then set about drilling off the various sheetmetal “skins” to expose the[Read More…]

The P-61 Black Widow how it looked like in June 2103. Accordingly to the museum's director Russ Strine the aircraft looks the same now as they are working on the internal systems.

MAAM’s P-61 ‘Black Widow” Restoration Update and Kickstarter Fundraising Campaign

Most of our readers will be aware of the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s Herculean efforts to restore Northrop P-61B Black Widow 42-39445 back to flying condition. The museum and its volunteers have been working on this project since their epic 1991 recovery of the Black Widow from its crash site atop Mt. Cyclops, Indonesia, where it had lain since January, 1945.  It’s a complex beast[Read More…]