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Twin Mustang: North American’s P-82, F-82, and XP-82 Fighters

John Gourley

Available May 2022


Developed during the Second World War, but too late to see combat, the Twin Mustang was created by the engineering team at North American Aviation to provide long-range escort for larger, slow bombers. With the outbreak of the Korean Conflict, the Twin Mustangs were fortuitously positioned to provide immediate impact to the advantage of United Nations forces in the opening stages of the action. Later, a record-breaking long-distance flight was accomplished by a single aircraft, and the type was found useful for testing numerous experimental designs, from ramjet bodies to the first air-to-air missile concepts. The plane was effective as a radar-toting night fighter, and it could also carry large bombs, rockets, extended-range fuel tanks, and an eight-gun nacelle, providing a substantial increase in machine gun firepower. This book also details the amazing story of XP-82 44-83887, from test bed use, to a landing accident and disposal, to its discovery and restoration to flying status.

Size: 9" x 9" | 288 color and b/w photos | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764363498

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John Gourley is a military veteran with a career as a crash/rescue fire protection specialist with the United States Air Force, and as a civilian working for the US government. His lifelong hobby has been photographing military hardware, from fixed-wing aircraft and helicopters to warships, armored vehicles, and spacecraft. John contributes his photos regularly to fellow book authors and magazine and book publishers. He has documented many projects, from the building of new aircraft to the restoration of warbirds. He has written several books on naval vessels.