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F82 Twin Mustang


The F-82 was the last propeller-driven fighter acquired in quantity by the USAF. It appears to be two Mustang fuselages on one wing, but in reality it was a totally new design. Its purpose was to provide a fighter carrying a pilot and co-pilot/navigator to reduce fatigue on long-range bomber ecsort missions. Delivery from production did not begin until early 1946, too late for WW II. After WW II, radar-equipped F-82s were used quite extensively by the Air Defense Command as replacements for the P-61 night fighter. During the Korean Conflict, Japan-based F-82s were among the first USAF aircraft to operate over Korea. The first three North Korean airplanes destroyed by U.S. forces were shot down by all-weather F-82G interceptors on June 27, 1950.
Long-range escort fighter

Prototype Number built/Converted
XF-82 2
XF-82A 1
F-82B 20
F-82C 1 (cv)
F-82D 1 (cv)
F-82E 100
F-82F 100
F-82G 50
F-82H 14 (cv)

Allison powered prototype
1st Production model
Mod. F-82B; all-weather fighter
Mod. F-82B; all-weather fighter
Imp. F-82B; V-1710 powered
Imp. F-82E; all-weather fighter
Imp. F-82F
Converted -F & -Gs for cold weather ops.
SPECIFICATIONS (F-82B) Span: 51 ft. 3 in.
Length: 38 ft. 1 in.
Height: 13 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 24,800 lbs. max.
Armament: Six .50-cal. machine guns, 25 five-inch rockets, and 4,000 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Two Packard V-1650s of 1,380 hp. ea. Crew: Two
Cost: $228,000
Maximum speed: 482 mph
Cruising speed: 280 mph
Range: 2,200 miles
Service Ceiling: 39,900 ft

F82-B, 20 produced

XF-82 First Experimental Prototype