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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Northrop P-61C Black Widow | by Chris Devers
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Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Northrop P-61C Black Widow

Compare & contrast:

 

Northrop P-61C Black widow:

* Front view

* Above view

 

Star Wars ARC-170 Fighter:

* Official page

* Wikia

* Wikipedia

* Toy review

 

I put it to you that they're the SAME THING.

 

* twin engines

* double-cockpit in front

* gunner's cockpit in back

* broad wing coming out from the middle

 

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Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | Northrop P-61C Black Widow:

 

The P-61 Black Widow was the first U.S. aircraft designed to locate and destroy enemy aircraft at night and in bad weather, a feat made possible by the use of on-board radar. The prototype first flew in 1942. P-61 combat operations began just after D-Day, June 6, 1944, when Black Widows flew deep into German airspace, bombing and strafing trains and road traffic. Operations in the Pacific began at about the same time. By the end of World War II, Black Widows had seen combat in every theater and had destroyed 127 enemy aircraft and 18 German V-1 buzz bombs.

 

The Museum’s Black Widow, a P-61C-1-NO, was delivered to the Army Air Forces in July 1945. It participated in cold-weather tests, high-altitude drop tests, and in the National Thunderstorm Project, for which the top turret was removed to make room for thunderstorm monitoring equipment.

 

Transferred from the United States Air Force.

 

Manufacturer:

Northrop Aircraft Inc.

 

Date:

1943

 

Country of Origin:

United States of America

 

Dimensions:

Overall: 450 x 1500cm, 10637kg, 2000cm (14ft 9 3/16in. x 49ft 2 9/16in., 23450.3lb., 65ft 7 3/8in.)

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Taken on May 24, 2011