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XP-82 “Twin Mustang”

SN – 44-83887 • FAA REG – N887XP

The North American F-82 Twin Mustang is the last American piston-engine fighter ordered into production by the United States Air Force. Based on the North American P-51 Mustang, the F-82 was originally designed as a long-range escort fighter for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress in World War II. The war ended well before the first production units were operational. ​In the postwar era, Strategic Air Command used the planes as long-range escort fighters. Radar-equipped F-82s were used extensively by the Air Defense Command as replacements for the Northrop P-61 Black Widow as all-weather day/night interceptors. During the Korean War, Japan-based F-82s were among the first USAF aircraft to operate over Korea. The first three North Korean aircraft destroyed by U.S. forces were shot down by F-82s, the first being a North-Korean Yak-11 downed over Gimpo Airfield by the USAF 68th Fighter Squadron.

The example you see in front of you is the prototype version – XP-82 – This is powered by a pair of Rolls Royce Merlin Engines – Restored in Douglas GA, by Tom Reilly and his Restoration team – Later models of the P-82 / F-82 would become Allison engine powered – due to the royalty which Rolls Royce placed on the engines. Both of the cockpits are able to control the aircraft, each has its own individual controls and gauges

Twin Mustang vector diagram


Dimensions & Capacity

Crew: 2 Pilot and Weapon System Officer (WSO)
Length: 63 ft 0 in (19.2 m)
Wingspan: 38 ft 5 in (11.7 m)
Height: 16 ft 5 in (5 m)
Empty Weight: 30,328 lb (13,757 kg)
Max Take Off Weight: 61,795 lb (28,030 kg)


Speed: Maximum 486-mph (Merlin-powered) at 21,000 feet, Cruise 280-mph
Service Ceiling: 41,600 ft.
Range: 1,390 miles (internal fuel); 3,445 miles (four 100-gal) fuel tanks installed beneath the wings.

Left Hand Cockpit

Right Hand Cockpit


Guns: Six .50 cal. Browning MG 53-2 in the center wing. – 300 rounds per gun.
Bomb Load: Two 2,000 lb. or four 1,000 lb. bombs.

This aircraft is currently on loan from the XP-82 Twin Mustang project team

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