Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Northrop P-61C Black Widow

A couple of good precision engineering solutions pictures I identified:

Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center: Northrop P-61C Black Widow

Image by Chris Devers
Examine &amp contrast:

Northrop P-61C Black widow:
* Front view
* Above view

Star Wars ARC-170 Fighter:
* Official page
* Wikia
* Wikipedia
* Toy overview

I put it to you that they’re the Very same Issue.

* twin engines
* double-cockpit in front
* gunner’s cockpit in back
* broad wing coming out from the middle

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Quoting Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum | Northrop P-61C Black Widow:

The P-61 Black Widow was the initial U.S. aircraft designed to locate and destroy enemy aircraft at night and in poor weather, a feat made possible by the use of on-board radar. The prototype very first flew in 1942. P-61 combat operations began just after D-Day, June 6, 1944, when Black Widows flew deep into German airspace, bombing and strafing trains and road visitors. Operations in the Pacific began at about the identical time. By the end of Globe War II, Black Widows had observed combat in each theater and had destroyed 127 enemy aircraft and 18 German V-1 buzz bombs.

The Museum’s Black Widow, a P-61C-1-NO, was delivered to the Army Air Forces in July 1945. It participated in cold-weather tests, high-altitude drop tests, and in the National Thunderstorm Project, for which the best turret was removed to make space for thunderstorm monitoring equipment.

Transferred from the United States Air Force.

Manufacturer:
Northrop Aircraft Inc.

Date:
1943

Country of Origin:
United States of America

Dimensions:
Overall: 450 x 1500cm, 10637kg, 2000cm (14ft 9 3/16in. x 49ft 2 9/16in., 23450.3lb., 65ft 7 3/8in.)

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