The North American Aviation P/F-82 Twin Mustang was a long-range, high-altitude escort fighter, produced for the USAAF. The unlikely-looking aircraft, consisting of two mated P-51H fuselages, was built to escort bombers on long-range missions during World War II. However, the war ended before the Twin Mustang could begin to prove itself. It became the last piston-engined fighter ordered into production. The P/F-82 adapted to many different roles, including long-range fighter/escort, attack bomber, and long-range reconnaissance support. They were relied heavily on during the Cold and Korean Wars, but even so, only 272 were manufactured.
Today, there are only five Twin Mustangs of any variant remaining, one of which is #44-83887. It was produced in spring 1945 and was the second of only two XP-82 prototypes. It took its first flight in June 1945 and served as NAA’s official aircraft for performance tests for the USAAF. In 1947, ‘887 was transferred to NACA, the predecessor to NASA, and used as a testbed for ramjet engines. In December 1949, ‘887 was damaged beyond repair after it slid off an icy runway. It was later acquired around 1965 by Walter Soplata and it remained on his property until 2008 when famed warbird restorer Tom Reilly purchased it.
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PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will have a limitied option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.
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