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
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