I flew the F-82 at Mitchel, McGuire, and Ladd AFBs 1948-1951. they were the Night/All Weather Fighter that replaced the P-61.I was in the 2nd Ftr. Sq. and the 449thFtr. Sq.
Bill Arehart, e-mail, 20.02.2013 23:14
I got to see an F-82 at CAF in Harlingen,Tx.At that time it wasn't flyable.Am I to understand they got it airworthy and then lost it to the USAF?Someone help me out here.
Mrs Charity Johnson, e-mail, 02.02.2013 08:03
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Dave P, e-mail, 12.07.2012 16:03
The USAF Museum in Dayton has two P-82's. I noticed that one had the 6 .50 cal guns across the wing connector but the other did not. The one without guns is not labeled as a trainer or anything like that. What is the difference between the two P-82's??
Harry Braud ,M/Sgt USAF(Ret), e-mail, 15.04.2012 01:27
I was stationed with 27th Station Hospital, Kearney, Ne.in 1947&48 as NCOIC of the Dispensary.I went with the 27th FW on their TDY to McCord AFB,WA in early 48. The Wing was flying cover out of McCord on the Atomic Plant.They were still in P-51s.I was also on a flightline inspection of the crash Abulance the day that one of the P-51s lost power on take off. The pilot tried to do a 180 instead of riding it out straight ahead. When we got to the crash site with the ambulance he was still strapped in his seat(the rest of the P-51 was in a million peices) It exploded on impack.The Major was still alive but very burnt. When we unstrapped him and tried to put him onto a streacher the skin would peal off his arms and legs where we were liffed him. Once in the stretcher we tried to administer oxygen but his face was one big blister. The only thing to do was a Trachotomy so that he could breath.My first and only one but in looking back it was like second nature (My good US NAVY Hospital Corps training helped)We took him right into surgery. the Surgical people thought that they could stablize him but he had inhaled flames into his lungs and he didn't make it. He passed away that night.HERE was a Combat Pilot that flew in WW-2 and didn't get a screatch and a silly thing of losr of power on take off and him doing the one thing that he learn when he first got into training. When you loose POWER on take-off.DON'T TRY TO TURN 180 and try to make it back to the landing strip. I don't remember his name or what unit he was with, only that he was a Major and tall. At the time I wondered why such a tall person was flying a P-51 Right after that accident the Wing swiched to F-82s Just before I left Kearey a few F-80 Jets came on board I was tranferred to Omaha (SAC Hq) in the late summer of 1948 Didn't stay at Offutt long as I was shipped to Burtonwood England Jan 1949 Because of the Berlin Airlift
Jim, e-mail, 11.02.2012 13:14
My father just passed away. He flew the night fighters in Korea with Commentor Roger Jone's father below, Rocky Jones. My father was Louis Harp...Roger, if you read this, send me an email...email@example.com. We have a bunch to talk about. Take care...Jim.
Chic White, e-mail, 20.12.2011 22:43
Did the RAF ever receive an F-82 to evaluate?
LT. COLONEL JOE CLARK, e-mail, 11.11.2011 07:07
I was a pilot in Colonel G.V. William's 524th FTR SQ. 27th Ftr. Gr. in Kearney, Nebraska from 1947-1949. I flew the P-51 in WW II and loved it. At Kearney I also learned to love flying the F-82. It was a stable weather platform and had great single engine performance. When some of the guys were nervous about that one engine flight, our Group CO, the great Colonel Cy Wilson, allayed their fears one day when he took his ship off on one engine. Over the field one day, Major Vergil Monroney feathered both engines, dived down at the tower and then up in an immelman and then unfeathered his engines on the top. It was a tough bird. My friend Lt. Don Trautwein was just scratched up a bit when he crashed in his ship in a backyard on a night landing in bad weather at Hill AFB.
Dave P, e-mail, 17.06.2011 02:04
Finally!! The 3 lights under the right wing tip are "recognition lights".
Don't Shoot! In the air, it's hard to tell one aircraft from another. A veteran fighter pilot will tell you that Mustangs can look almost exactly the same as Bf 109s from just 1,000 yards away. The reason the first P-47s in Europe had wide white bands on their cowlings was to keep Royal Air Force pilots from blasting them all the time—the P-47s looked too much like Focke-Wulf Fw 190s. Pilots suspected that the muddy, ill-humored soldiers on both sides of the lines shot at everything in the air, just out of spite. The FHC's P-51 and P-47 have an apparatus on their bottom of its right wings to keep the Allied bullets sent skyward to a minimum. These red, amber, and green recognition lights could be toggled on or off from the cockpit individually, showing daily light combinations conveyed to the soldiers fighting below.
LARRY POE, e-mail, 09.06.2011 23:00
I am a volunteer at NMUASF and noticed that there are a set of 3 lights red, green, and amber.What were these used for or what did they do?
Dave P, e-mail, 06.06.2011 16:39
I volunteer at the USAF Museum in Dayton. I have a question about some lights on the F-82. Under the right wing tip there are 3 flush lights, red, green, and yellow. Not under the left tip. What are these lights for?? Thanks!
Arch Caldwell, e-mail, 30.05.2011 08:24
Flew the F82F with the 318th NFS at McChord after graduating in P-51D's at Williams, Class 49-A. With those Allison 1710's the thing would climb like a homesick angel.Then to F-84D's with the 84th at Hamilton. 100 missions in F-80C's with the 80th FBS in Korea fdrom 1950. N.A and Lockheede made the best machines. Republic could have made the F-84 out of concrete and steel but they wouldn't have been as heavy.
paul, e-mail, 15.05.2011 16:06
real shame that the CAF's example was the last flying example. I hope Tom Reilly, among others, is able to get his flyable. I attended airshow often enough and, for as much as I hear other enthusiasts going on about how awesome the P-51 is, never do they have a clue what a P/F-82 is. Never heard of it, and usually don't seem interested either. The facts about this plane surprise those who have heard of it, especially over its utilization of Allisons instead of just Merlins.
mike, firstname.lastname@example.org, e-mail, 12.12.2010 05:46
my dad flew the F-82 out of japan during the korean conflict, he flew paddy wagon, wonder if anyone has any pictures? thanks
Buzz, e-mail, 01.12.2010 18:50
It is my understanding that the P-82 has NO (zero) parts interchangeable with the P-51 in spite of appearances. Comments?
Don, e-mail, 19.11.2010 04:42
Aircraft 44-65162 located at Midland,TX (CAF) was lost in a court battle back to the USAF in October 2009. There is one XP-82 (Tail number 44-86887) under restoration in Douglas Ga. By Tom Reilly and company, it was originally outfitted with the Merlin engines and two engines are almost completly rebuilt. Props have been purchased. Tom & workers have been labouring for 2yrs and 4 mo on her. One F-82 from Ohio is now located in MN. and quite far along in restoration. It has the Allisons on it. But may be flying in late 2011 or ealy 2012.
Myron France CWO-4 Ret, e-mail, 04.10.2010 17:45
I was a crew chief in the 27th Ftr.Esc.Wg.at Bergstrom AFB We flew our gunnery missions out of matagorda island. One day I learned a pilot was going on a air to air gunnery mission with an empty cockpit. I begged to go along and had the ride of my life. I still collect everything I can about the F-82 even though I rairly find anyone who ever heard of one
airboss, e-mail, 30.09.2010 18:04
I think there are five (5) surviving F-82s; 44-65162 located at Midland,TX (CAF); 44-65168 at USAFM Dayton,OH; 46-262 at Lackland AFB. The other 2 are in Ohio at last report.
S/Sgt Cloyd E. Greer, e-mail, 17.09.2010 01:04
I was in the 27th F.E.W. in Kearney,Ne in 1948-49 when we were transferred to Bergstrom A.F.B. Austin Tx.we converted to F-84 thunder jets and went to Korea in 1950-51 I was an A/c Mech
Jackie, 08.08.2010 05:58
The P-82 Twin Mustang was orignally planned to be used as a very long range bomber escort in World War II. However, the war ended before it could see any combat in that war. It did see combat in the Korean War as a radar equipped night fighter.
Bob Foster, e-mail, 17.06.2010 18:40
Looking for detailed drawings of the main wing spar that connects the two bodies. Urgently need the overall length dimension.
Marlon F. Ruck Jr., e-mail, 28.02.2010 00:40
I was stationed on Okinawa 1950-53 Iworked on the F 82's before they left for Japan I was in the armorment section I believe one of the planes was Miscarage I have a picture of plane FO 395 I worked on .
BILL THOMS, e-mail, 22.01.2010 19:26
I ARRIVED AT MOSES LAKE AFB, WN.IN JAN OF 1950. VERY COLD. I WAS ASSIGNED TO THE 319th F.I.S. THAT WAS FLYING THE F-82 TWIN MUSTANG NIGHT FTR. QUITE A AIRPLANE. I WORKED IN THE ARMAMENT SHOP AND HELPED MAINTAIN THE 6 50cal. GUNS THAT THEY CARRIED. WE LATER TRANSIONED INTO THE F-94. WHICH WAS THE FIRST JET NIGHT FTR. AND WE, AS A SQ., WERE THE FIRST IN KOREA AS SUCH.
Roger Jones, e-mail, 13.05.2009 19:23
I just recalled my dad's F-82 R.O.'s (radar operator) name...it was Talmage Allred
Roger Jones, e-mail, 12.05.2009 19:11
My father "Captain H. W. "Rocky" Jones, Jr." was the pilot of the "Mid Night Sinner" which was one of the (black paint) night fighters in Korea...there are a few model kits of his plane even though they credit the outside art to being another pilot...dad's name is actually found inside on the instruction sheets. I believe there was a picture of it flying with Ron's dad's plane "Miss Carriage" at my recently passed mom's house. Dad died in 1990 during an air race accident, where an "illegally participating" active NASA shuttle pilot "Hoot" Gibson clipped his wing and spun him into a cornfield in New Braunsfels TX. Dad was also a "hump" pilot, but I don't know what he flew and now that mom's gone I have no one to ask...they were happily married for 47 years!
Col. B. J. Buckhout, e-mail, 01.05.2009 01:54
Flew the F82G with the 339th Fighter Squadron (AW) when they first arrived at Johnson Field, Japan. Squadron was at Ashiya Air Base for Far East Exercise in June 1950. Exercise was the start of the Korean (Police Action). McArthur ordered the 339th back to Johnson to protect Tokyo. Flew 50 missions with the 68th Fighter Sqdn (AW), 1951. Aircraft could carry a heavy load. take off MP was 82 in., burned 145 octane, and was the only aircraft in the inventory at the time that could make repeated attacks on a B-36. Single engine performance was little different than flying with two. Great airplane to fly, tricky on landing.
Ron Sherman, e-mail, 08.02.2009 22:11
My father flew the f-82g twin mustang in Korea. His name was Clayton Clifford Sherman Captain " bud" Sherman. Looking for any pictures taken in Korea of his plane, Miscarage, or anyone who knew him. Thanks, his son, Ron
Gene Cody 17.07.08, e-mail, 17.07.2008 19:00
Great cross-country aircraft and COL CY WILSON COMMANDED THE 27TH FIGHTER ESCORT WING AND HE ENJOYED FLIGHTS OF OVER 50 AIRCRAFT ON CROSS-COUNTRY FLIGHTS INCLUDING FLYING IN THE 1948 PRESIDENTIAL INAUGURAL FLY-OVER. GOODE HUDSON FROM MY HOMETOWN OF SELMA, AL GOT FIRST KILL IN KOREAN WAR.
Aero-Fox, 02.04.2008 04:38
This aircraft actually scored the first kill of an enemy machine during the Korean War.
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