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P-61 Black Widow Recovery and Restoration

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    January 2013
P-61 Black Widow Recovery and Restoration
Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 12:32 AM

Came across this today. Amazing story. The aircraft is currently in Reading, PA at the Mid Atlantic Aircraft Museum undergoing restoration to make it flyable. Keep in mind, there are only 4 P-61 Black Widows in existence - 3 are non-flyable. This one will fly again once completed.

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    November 2008
  • From: Central Florida
Posted by plasticjunkie on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 7:26 AM

"We are lucky to have an extraordinary machine shop and a seasoned machinist with experience in the microprocessor industry who is able to reverse engineer what we need to have made."

WOW, you can say that again! truly incredible attention to detail and unbelievable skills by the restoration team.




Too many models to build, not enough time in a lifetime!!

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    April 2005
  • From: Piscataway, NJ!
Posted by wing_nut on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 10:18 AM

The WWII Weekend show there is some kinda wonderful I can tell you.  If you anywhere near it you gotta go.  i have not been able top make for a few years but here she is on display back in '07.  Would love to see what she looks like now.  And the day she flys?  Can't think of a thing that would keep me away from that.




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    September 2006
  • From: Bethlehem PA
Posted by the Baron on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 11:46 AM

Yes, it's a great project!  In 2012, the staff said they expected to have the aircraft flying again in 5 years.  That might be pushed out a little, but every year, they've had a little more progress made on restoring her.  If you're able, it's definitely worth it to visit the MAAM and the WWII Weekend.  It's held as close to the D-Day anniversary every year, as possible.

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    January 2007
  • From: Narvon, Pa.
Posted by fox on Tuesday, December 31, 2013 7:35 PM

Been there 3 of the last 5 years. Great show.

Jim Captain

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Posted by BlackSheepTwoOneFour on Wednesday, January 1, 2014 12:13 AM

Hoping to make the trip this year. Just gotta try to convince the missus to come along. It's about 5 hours from me.


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