In the Museum: High Flier

Restoring the Northrop YP-61 Black Widow

Northrop built 13 YP-61s, which were used for flight testing. This YP-61's dorsal turret sported two guns, whereas later designs had four; counting the belly-mounted cannon, the P-61 was the most heavily armed fighter of the war. (NASM (Si Neg. #SI72-7873))
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Boeing Donates $15 Million


The National Air and Space Museum has received a $15 million donation from the Boeing Company; it is the largest single corporate gift ever presented to the Smithsonian Institution. The gift will help fund Museum programming, the care of artifacts, and the remaining construction at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. In recognition of the donation, the central structure at the Udvar-Hazy Center will be known as the Boeing Aviation Hangar. “Boeing has stepped forward with a timely, magnanimous gift,” said Lawrence M. Small, Secretary of the Smithsonian. “We are very grateful for this vital support from a true friend of the Smithsonian.”

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