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Buzzard
03-17-2019, 10:49 AM
This is actually an old video. Wonder how much this cost and if it is complete now?

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1473616645/the-p-61-black-widow-restoration-project

Does anyone have an update on this ambitious restoration?
This is actually a old video. Wonder how much this cost and if it is complete now?

Gunslinger
03-17-2019, 11:08 AM
That's gonna be an expensive restoration...as if warbirds already aren't.

Dick Steinkamp
03-17-2019, 11:22 AM
Looks like a big OV-10

The "other" Black Widow was one of the first car models I assembled...

http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/231375883165-0-1/s-l1000.jpg

Mike
03-17-2019, 01:18 PM
There's a Black Widow on display a the Udvar Hazy Air Museum near Dulles air port. It's unrestored, just parked on the main floor, to the right of the main entrance, or was when the museum opened.
Mike

studegary
03-17-2019, 01:25 PM
Looks like a big OV-10

The "other" Black Widow was one of the first car models I assembled...

http://i.ebayimg.com/images/i/231375883165-0-1/s-l1000.jpg

The first model that I remember assembling was very similar to this, a roadster pickup, but not a Black Widow.

StudeDave57
03-17-2019, 01:30 PM
Does anyone have an update on this ambitious restoration?
I've been following this resto for a very long time, and have found their website is usually the best place to look... ;)

http://www.maam.org/p61.html?fbclid=IwAR2hiY8kjsb6furDyf4qWEgn22eEONy5yTwxqHx1Vrw8qAcY3fdR-vWJZVw

Or on Facebook (but not as often 'bout the Widow)

https://www.facebook.com/Mid-Atlantic-Air-Museum-274053473932/?eid=ARDdGFmDrRVNgKWKOTZ1fxHHX_LtVdMoRKQ36yaLwI8_DFQOMhg2B5rKthTyaP78nC8XVmlPeFF f8Bnd

Go ahead- enter her web. I dare you.
There are a ton of progress photos starting from day one on the side of the hill, how they got her down, what they dealt with getting her to PA and more!!!!



That's gonna be an expensive restoration...as if warbirds already aren't.
For as long as they've been at it-- the project started in 1980- I wonder if they know?
(or are too scared to know.... :ohmy: )



Looks like a big OV-10
The P-61 came waaay before the Bronco, so it's more like the OV-10 is a little version of this.

Yes- my favoritism (and Northrop pride) shows.
As you know Dad worked there for years, as did many in my Family.
My Aunt actually helped build these!!!!
The Widow has always been one of my all time faves.
But the Bronco is in the top ten.

studegary
03-17-2019, 01:34 PM
I remember seeing a plane like that fly over the Hudson River during WWII. It was probably out of Stewart Air Base. It may have been a demonstration for FDR in Hyde Park or simply a test flight.

StudeDave57
03-17-2019, 01:43 PM
There's a Black Widow on display a the Udvar Hazy Air Museum near Dulles airport.
It's unrestored, just parked on the main floor, to the right of the main entrance, or was when the museum opened. Mike

I'd have to find my book about it, but I believe they did do a tiny bit of restoration on that one at some point.


https://airandspace.si.edu/collection-objects/northrop-p-61c-black-widow


Of the four that survive- I think it's the one I wanna see most.
That P-61C has quite a history.
It's also the 'newest'.
And hottest.




StudeDave '57 :cool:

Buzzard
03-17-2019, 02:47 PM
Dave,
A big "Thank You" for posting the fascinating progress pics and connecting link following my initial posting. I had no idea this project had been a continuing saga for so, so long. This is definitely worth following along until their completion.
I can only imagine what this massive undertaking cost in both man hours and actual $$$.
After my ride in "Made In the Shade" B25 3 years ago I find the tricycle landing gear to be very appealing.
A 39 year project and vision is nearing completion. Thank goodness for those who are seeking to bring this P 61 back to flying status.
Cheers, Bill

rockne10
03-17-2019, 04:46 PM
It appears they've collected $4800 over their pledge goal.
Many years ago the Keystone Region Chapter met at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's annual air show, and parked our Studebakers on the tarmac next to their static display.
That was the only time I've ever seen two B-17s flying together at the same time.