No worries about hijacking Don.. You see, its real easy to take a single plane and put it under a microscope and rip the guts out of it, but no matter how deep you look into it, you can never ever hope to gain any real understanding of it till you see the world it occupied.. So what do Strega Bear and Dago red have to do with a P-61?? Lots..
When i was building the Iris p-40 i came across a memo from Allison Detroit to some field commander in Africa, giving him their blessing on pushing the manifold pressure of those engines up to 62 inches i believe.. That was a wake up call for me.. You see, back then, the crew chiefs on almost every plane there was, did "everything" they could to make sure their plane was going to get their pilot back home in one piece with as little work as possible to be done on the plane afterwards.. Lazy mans logic.. But the poignant truth of the matter is that, there were no stock planes in world war two. Every single one of them was tweaked twisted or modified in some way. Whatever it took to make it better than what it was when they had been given to them.. The P-61 was no exception, and sixty years later the competition between the P-61 and Mossie is STILL heavily debated and argued over.. Strega, Bear, Red and all the others, grew out of that environment. They are as much a part of the legacy of the P-61 as the A-37, Ac-119, AC-130 and A-10 are. It isnt hijacking. Its opening a door to see a much bigger world.