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USAAF F-15A Reporter - We Three - Maj. Noland

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Commanding Officer of the 110th TRS, Maj. Noland was leading his unit in the P-51K on 14 August 1945 when a number of Japanese fighters were intercepted over the Home Islands. Six enemy aircraft were claimed to have been destroyed, with three of these being credited to Noland—later assessments revised the major’s score to two kills and a probable. This action was almost certainly the last action to see victories credited to a reconnaissance unit in World War II.

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EdXCal's avatar
I love the P-61 and the E/F-15 models that either didn't make it into production or very short run (ie F-15) were easily my favorites. I was lucky enough to see one they have in Ohio, US. I don't think any are flyable anymore.
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Not yet, but they're working on it!
www.maam.org/p61.html
AnthonyC12's avatar
Very nice! Isn't the F-15 a variant of the P-61 Black Widow?
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It is indeed. A photo-reconnaissance variant.
Siveir's avatar
Very nice plane. Looks to me like Northrop used its P-61 and tried to make a competitor to P-38 ;)
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Not exactly. They were trying to make a day escort fighter, like the P-51 Mustang or P-82 Twin Mustang. That didn't work out, so they made a long range photo-reconnaissance plane like the Hughes XF-11.
Siveir's avatar
Oh. But still, it's a nice plane :)
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It absolutely is. Northrop's test pilot Harry Crosby flying a P-61 apparently beat Lockheed's Milo Burcham in a P-38 in a mock dogfight over L.A.
youtu.be/Ej3ZOzVbHsQ?t=3m38s
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Loving the shading :)
comradeloganov's avatar
Thank you! I put a lot of effort into the shading on on the P-61/F-15. I like the way the camera housings turned out on the nose, in particular.
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That's some of the best drawings of a recon bird I've seen in a long while. :)
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Thank you! I've got a lot more Reporters in my gallery that you might like. Ironically, one of my favorites is actually not a "what if" profile, but actually the NACA one with the transonic drop article.
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