northrop p/f-61 black widow

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  1. jrk

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    a number of black widows continued to serve until 1950 in usaf service.by then designated f-51s and in 1949 were the first aircraft of the embryonic us air defence command,founded to defend the usa from soviet air attack.

    can anyone confirm this?

    thanks jay
     
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    Most Black Widows in combat configuration went out of service right after WW2. Test and hack aircraft hung around for a few years. They were totally removed from the inventory in the early 50s.
     
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    I always thought the F-51 was the redesignation of the P-51.
     
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    Dont you mean P/F-61 Blackwidow?

    The F61 also was converted postwar to a recon plane called the "reporter".

    Didnt do much though cause of the jets coming onine.
     
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    the title of this thread is p/f-61 black widow
     
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    Yes, but your first post said F-51, that is why I got confused. Sorry bout that.
     
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    dang i may have misprinted........my mistake sorry eg.
     
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    No biggie, that's why we asked.
     
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    i,m not having the best of times at the moment.
     
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    I dont think the P61 served in the air defense role for the US after 1947 or so. The F82 was deployed and far superior to the P61 by then.

    If someone has different info, Id like to know
     
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    I believe you're right. I think the F-82 was the main air defense fighter right after the war
     
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    The P-61 reconnaissance version became the F-15 Reporter, not the F-51. It was used as an all-weather recon plane for a short period after WWII.
     
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