Xp-82 - "Twin Mustang"

Serial Number - 44-83887

Registered as FAA tail number 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 a long-range escort fighter. 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 infront 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 their own individual controls and gauges

specifications

DIMENSIONS AND CAPACITY 

CREW: 2 -  Pilot and Weapon System Officer (WSO)

SIZE: 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)

PERFORMANCE

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

Armament - 

Six .50 cal. Browning MG 53-2 in center wing.  - 300 rounds per gun.

Bomb Load: Two 2,000 lb. or four 1,000 lb. bombs.

Right Hand Cockpit

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

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