The XP-82 or the North American F-82 Twin Mustang is the last American piston-engine fighter ordered into production by the United States Air Force. Based on the P-51 Mustang, this twin fighter signaled the end of an era. The war ended well before the first production units were operational.
This Georgia based XP-82 has been a restoration project of Tom Reilly and was expected to be at Oshkosh this past year, however, with a few setbacks they are hoping to have it on display in 2019.
Test pilot Ray Fowler was conducting the latest of a series of high-speed taxi tests at the XP-82 Prototype Project’s home base in Douglas, Georgia, on Monday and the intention was to lift the wheels for a second or two and then deploy the flaps and roll out. “It accelerated so fast after the planned lift off that Ray, our test pilot, realized that getting it back down and stopping it in the remaining runway would be marginal,” owner Tom Reilly said in Facebook post. “So he pushed the power back up and flew for about five minutes.”
Well glad to hear that the restoration and first flight have been a great success.
We can't wait to see this piece of history up close in person and have it flying for generations to come!
All images were taken by EAA staff photographer Conner Madison.