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  the MID-ATLANTIC AIR MUSEUM STORE :: BOOKS :: FORGOTTEN WIDOW

  FORGOTTEN WIDOW #16762
FORGOTTEN WIDOW  This new book tells the incredible story of the Mid-Atlantic Museum's recovery of a rare P-61 Black Widow night fighter from its wartime crash site on a jungle clad mountain in New Guinea.

By Sharon Wells Wagner and Steve Wagner

Hardcover

The book is available in two versions. The Standard Edition will sell for $40 A Special Souvenir Edition comes with an envelope containing a piece of the original aluminum skin removed from the P-61 during restoration and will sell for $100. It is heavily illustrated with photographs taken during the expedition, recovery, and arrival of the P-61 at the Mid-Atlantic Air Museum in Reading, Pennsylvania.

On January 6, 1945, a P-61 Black Widow night fighter crashed into the slopes of Mount Cyclops on the island of New Guinea. Forty years later, a team from the Mid Atlantic Air Museum set out to recover the wreckage and restore the rare aircraft to its original flying condition. This is their story.

The Mid Atlantic Air Museum was founded in 1980 under the direction of World War II veteran Gene Strine and his son, Russ. As experienced pilots, aircraft mechanics, and businessmen, the Strines were the perfect candidates to recover the Back Widow from Indonesia. Together they would spend twelve years and thousands of man hours negotiating salvage rights and traveling halfway around the world to the remote jungle mountainside where the Black Widow lay. They risked everything to save this important piece of aviation history, negotiating difficult terrain, dangerous working conditions, and a maze of bureaucracy. But their gamble paid off, and in the end they emerged victorious.

Today, the museum proudly displays its collection of more than eighty aircraft at its facility in Reading, Pennsylvania. With the goal of restoring their planes to award-winning airworthy museum condition, the Strines work tirelessly. The P-61 Black Widow is nearing the end of its long restoration process, and will soon take to the skies once again. When it does, it will be the only known P-61 in the world to fly.

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