P-61 Black Widow Ramjet Tests

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  1. pampa14

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    The P-61 Black Widow was used to test a number of American ramjet powered missiles and engines. The Navy borrowed two P-61Cs (43-8336 and 43-8347) from the USAAF and used them for air-launches of the experimental Martin PTV-N-2U Gorgon IV ramjet-powered missile, A P-61B (42-39754) was used by NACA's Lewis Flight Propulsion Laboratory in Cleveland, Ohio for tests of airfoil-type ramjets in 1947. The following link, shows some photos of Black Widow test aircrafts:

    Aviação em Floripa: P-61 Black Widow em testes especiais


    Hope you enjoy and thanks for visiting!!!
     
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    fubar57 Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the link pampa. Lots of photos I have never seen before.

    Geo
     
  3. Gnomey

    Gnomey World Travelling Doctor
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    Interesting shots! Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Excellent post! I've never heard of that before.
     
  5. Wayne Little

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    Me neither...great pics though!
     
  6. Night Fighter Nut

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    Thanks for sharing Pampa. :) I seen some of these photos but not all. The silver plane is the upgraded version known more as an F-15 reporter and was used as reconnaissance, you can see the camera station on the nose.
     
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    Like Bill I knew that "left-over" P-61s were used as various test-beds but not specifially what. Great Pics, thanks
     
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