Xp-82 - "Twin Mustang"

Serial Number - 44-83887

Registered as FAA tail number N887XP

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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

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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