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Warbirds In Review 2019 XP-82 Twin Mustang

World War II had ended before one of the most improbable piston-engine fighter planes ever designed had the chance to see action. The “Long-Legged Beauty” was designed in 1943 as an extremely long-range, high-altitude bomber escort. Capable of flying 2,300 miles, the innovative airframe featured two slightly elongated P-51 fuselages to offer additional fuel capacity. Initially, Twin Mustangs carried a pair of pilots — one for each cockpit which allowed them to alternate control of the aircraft on marathon endurance flights. In later models, the port fuselage was exclusively for a pilot, while starboard side was outfitted for a dedicated radar operator.  F-82s stationed in Japan and Okinawa became the first American warplanes to respond to the Communist invasion of South Korea in 1950. Cold weather variants continued to fly air defense for the Alaskan Air Command before the plane was finally retired in November of 1953. All but five F-82s were eventually scrapped.
Of those five, two are displayed in a museum and one is a gate guard.  One is currently undergoing restoration. And one—just one—is, at long last, flying. Over 10 years of labor and millions of dollars have gone into the restoration of airframe 44-83887 under the leadership of master aircraft restorer Tom Reilly of Douglas, Georgia.  Ray Fowler is the ONLY current P82 pilot in the world.  Tom and Ray will tell their stories of their journey with the P82. Length 60:00.