p61 History

and specs

XP-61
YP-61
P-61A
P-61B
MAAM’s P-61B on Mt. Cyclops
The only other P-61B displayed at the Beijing Air and Space Museum
National Air and Space Museum Udvar Hazy Center’s P-61C
USAF Museum’s P-61C
XP-61E
F-15A Reporter

P-61B SPECIFICATIONS

PRIMARY FUNCTIONNIGHT FIGHTER
CONTRACTORNORTHROP AIRCRAFT INC. OF HAWTHORNE, CALIFORNIA
UNIT COST$170,000
CREWPILOT, RADAR OPERATOR, AND GUNNER
FIRST FLIGHTMAY 21, 1942 (XP-61)
SERVICE DELIVERYMAY 1944 (P-61A)
FIRST OP MISSIONJULY 3, 1944 (EUROPE)
FIRST KILLJULY 6, 1944 (PACIFIC)
TOTAL PRODUCED706 (ALL VARIANTS)
ENGINES2 PRATT & WHITNEY R-2800-65 DOUBLE WASP 18 CYLINDER ENGINES RATED AT 2250 HP
WING SPAN66 FT
LENGTH49 FT 7 IN
HEIGHT14 FT 8 IN
MAX. SPEED369 MPH
EMPTY WEIGHT20,965 LBS
MAX. T.O. WEIGHT34,200 LBS
SERVICE CEILING33,100 FT
MAX. RANGE1350 MILES
RATE OF CLIMB2090 FT PER MINUTE
ARMAMENT4 X 20MM HISPANO M2 CANNONS, 4 X BROWNING M2 .50 CALIBER HEAVY MACHINE GUNS, 6400 LBS OF BOMBS OR ROCKETS