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Northrop P-61 Black Widow by Walter Colvin

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3d fine art render of P-61 Black Widow aircraft..

This scene is not historically accurate, it is just an artist representation.

Made with Bryce 3d, some post work in Photoshop.

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The Northrop P-61 Black Widow was the first operational U.S. military aircraft designed specifically to use radar. The “Black Widow” was an all-metal, twin-engine, twin-boom, aircraft flown as a night-fighter by United States Army Air Forces squadrons in the European Theater, the Pacific Theater, the CBI Theater, and the Mediterranean Theater during World War II. It replaced earlier British-designed night-fighter aircraft that had been updated to incorporate radar when it became available. On the night of 14 August 1945, a P-61B-2 of the 548th NFS named “Lady in the Dark” was unofficially credited with the last Allied air victory before VJ Day. The P-61 was also modified to create the F-15 Reporter, the last piston-powered photo-reconnaissance aircraft designed and produced for the U.S. Air Force.

Though the P-61 proved itself very capable against the majority of German aircraft it encountered, it was clearly outclassed by the new aircraft arriving in the last months of World War II. It also lacked external fuel tanks until the last months of the war an addition that would have extended its range and saved many doomed crews looking for a landing site in darkness and bad weather. External bomb loads would also have made the type more adaptable to the ground attack role it soon took on in Europe. These problems were all addressed eventually, but too late to have the impact they might have had earlier in the war. The P-61 proved very capable against all Japanese aircraft it encountered, but saw too few of them to make a significant difference in the Pacific war effort.


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  • JRGarland
    JRGarlandover 4 years ago

    Awesome rendition. Well done.

  • Thank you very much john.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Walter Colvin
    Walter Colvinover 4 years ago

    Thank you very much John,

  • Steven  Agius
    Steven Agiusover 4 years ago

    Fantastic !

  • Thank you my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Thank you Steven, this is one of my favourite aircraft, I have a nice model of it on the book shelf

    – Walter Colvin

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyerover 4 years ago

    Excellent Image of a rare aeroplane. Nice one Walter. – Ted

  • Thank you for you comments Ted, they are very much appreciated.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Woodie
    Woodieover 4 years ago

    Brilliant Walt,
    Into faves,
    Cheers Neil

  • Thank you my friend

    – Walter Colvin

  • Trenton Hill
    Trenton Hillover 4 years ago

    Awesome Walt!

  • Thank you very much Trenton.

    – Walter Colvin

  • theyellowfury
    theyellowfuryover 4 years ago

    Cool man, I had a model of one just like that as a youngfella

  • Thank you very much, I have a model of one on the book shelf by my desk.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorover 4 years ago

    Incredible Walter!!
    Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a healthy and Happy New Year!!
    Keith :)

  • Thank you very much Keith. and Marry Christmas and a Happy New Year to you and yours.

    – Walter Colvin

  • Pete Janes
    Pete Janesover 4 years ago

    Beautiful. I built a model kit of this plane once, and you just brought it all back!

  • Thank you Pet, I have a model of one right here on the book shelf by my desk, Along with alot of others models

    – Walter Colvin

  • frogster
    frogsterover 4 years ago

    Great looking plane Walt

  • Thank you my friend.

    – Walter Colvin

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