The Mid-Atlantic Air Museum's P-61 'Black Widow' Recovery and Restoration Project - The Widow's Web - The Restoration - Latest Photostos



             UPDATED DECEMBER 20, 2017

ADF loop antenna in place inside radio operator's rear canopy. 550th NFS logo on right fuselage.

Volunteers working on test fit of inboard flap well on RH wing. The ultra rare night binoculars.

Test nose art displayed on fuselage. This placard explains test piece nose air and invites other possible suggestions.

RH wing spoiler assemblies. RH wing skin test fit.

RH landing gear well. RH inboard gear door.

radio operators entrance ladder. RH wing with rebuilt inboard flap well being test fitted.

Nose gear door retract mechanism. More LH wheel well area.

Looking up to radio operators chair from ground level. Looking up at inside of radio operators canopy.

Looking aft from gunners cockpit floor toward turret compartment. LH upper wheel well area.

LH pilot's cockpit and throttle quadrant. LH outboard gear door.

LH gunners cockpit control cables for engines. Forward cockpit heater scoop.

Completed elevator awaits fabric covering. Aft heater air scoop and access panel.

RH nacelle wing stub. LH gun bay door.

LH gear and wheel well. Gunners compartment canopy looking from below.

Gun bay shell ejection chute. Black Widow's are at home here.



We would like to thank the many followers and donors of our P-61 for their requests for more progress photographs.  We happily post new photos as there is new material to show you, but posting photos of electrical wiring or drilled holes in metal or rivets becomes repetitious, especially when the new photos look like others already posted.  So, to keep you updated, we will explain where we are with the restoration.

1.  Our wing spars are still outsourced to the machine shop and are not completed yet - thus no new spar photos.

2. During 2017 several donors stepped forward which has enabled us to order four new brake assemblies ($20,000), order two diamond tread 47s.c. tires ($7,500), overhaul all of the pilot instruments ($10,000), and overhaul all four of the submersible boost pumps ($5,800).  All of the above items are now in-house except the four brake assemblies which are expected in the 2nd quarter of 2018.

3.  Another donor has provided the necessary funds to send one of the R2800-65 engines to Anderson Aeromotive for an overhaul ($85,000).  The second engine will follow as funding becomes available.

4.  The task of making pattern templates for the four fuel bladders is in progress.  The two inboard tank patterns have been completed and test fitted.  The initial patterns for the two outboard tanks will begin in January 2018.

5.  Wiring harnesses continue to be built and installed in the airframe.

6.  A materials list is being put together to begin building the control cables for the engines and airframe.  We expect to order materials for this part of the project in the 1st quarter of 2018.

Work continues on the P-61 on a daily basis.  We assure you the project continues to move forward.  I urge you to please be patient and allow us to continue with the various aspects of this spectacular aircraft restoration and we promise to post additional photos as opportunities for new material become available.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.




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