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F-82 Twin Mustang

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The North American F-82 Twin Mustang was a long-range escort fighter and night fighter. It consisted of two fuselages, based on the P-51H Mustang, mounted on a newly-designed wing. It retained both cockpits and both pilots could fly the aircraft. It first flew in 1945 but did not see service during World War II.

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F-82 Twin Mustang in flight

The first two prototypes had Packard built Merlin engines like most P-51s. The third protoype and subsequent production models used Allison V-1710 engines. The production F-82s had contra-rotating propellers.

While originally intended as an escort fighter (B and E variants), the F-82 also saw service as a night fighter equipped with either APS-4 (D and F variants) or SCR-720 (C and G variants) radar. It was a night fighter Twin Mustang that shot down the first MiG-15 jet to be destroyed by an American fighter during the Korean War.

The last flying P-82 stalled and crashed in Harlingen Texas in 1987. That aircraft and one other are currently being restored to flying condition.

Specifications

General Characteristics

  • Crew: 2
  • Length: 42 ft 9 in (12.93 m)
  • Wingspan: 51 ft 3 in (15.62 m)
  • Height: 13 ft 10 in (4.22 m)
  • Wing area: 408 ft² (37.90 m²)
  • Empty: 15,997 lb (7,271 kg)
  • Loaded: lb ( kg)
  • Maximum takeoff: 25,591 lb (11,632 kg)
  • Powerplant: 2x Allison V-1710-143/145, 1,600 hp (1,193 kW) each

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 461 mph (742 km/h) @ 21,000 ft
  • Combat Range: 2,250 miles (3,605 km)
  • Service ceiling: 38,900 ft (11,855 m)
  • Rate of climb: ft/min ( m/min)
  • Power/Mass: hp/lb ( kW/kg)

Armament

Sources

  • The Concise Guide to American Aircraft of World War II by David Mondey, Chartwell Books, Inc., 1994.

Related content

Related development: P-51 Mustang

Comparable aircraft: Messerschmitt Me 609

Designation sequence: XP-79 - F-80 - XP-81 - P-82 - XP-83 - P-84 - XF-85

See also:


Lists of Aircraft | Aircraft manufacturers | Aircraft engines | Aircraft engine manufacturers

Airports | Airlines | Air forces | Aircraft weapons | Missiles | Timeline of aviation

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