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NORTH AMERICAN F-82

Posted 10/30/2009 Printable Fact Sheet
 
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North American XF-82 (S/N 44-83887) in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The F-82 was the last propeller-driven fighter acquired in quantity by the USAF. It appears to be two Mustang fuselages on one wing, but in reality it was a totally new design. Its purpose was to provide a fighter carrying a pilot and co-pilot/navigator to reduce fatigue on long-range bomber escort missions. Delivery from production did not begin until early 1946, too late for World War II. After WWII, radar-equipped F-82s were used quite extensively by the Air Defense Command as replacements for the P-61 night fighter.

During the Korean Conflict, Japan-based F-82s were among the first USAF aircraft to operate over Korea. The first three North Korean airplanes destroyed by U.S. forces were shot down by all-weather F-82G interceptors on June 27, 1950.

The National Museum of the United States Air Force has an F-82B on display in its Modern Flight Gallery.


Type Number built/
converted
Remarks
XF-82 2 Long-range escort fighter prototype
XF-82A 1 Allison-powered prototype
F-82B 20 First production model
F-82C 1 (cv) Modified F-82B; all-weather fighter
F-82D 1 (cv) Modified F-82B; all-weather fighter
F-82E 100 Improved F-82B; V-1710-powered
F-82F 100 Improved F-82E; all-weather fighter
F-82G 50 Improved F-82F
F-82H 14 (cv) Converted F and Gs for cold weather ops


TECHNICAL NOTES:
Armament: Six .50-cal. machine guns, 25 5-in. rockets, and 4,000 lbs. of bombs
Engines: Two Packard V-1650s of 1,380 hp each
Maximum speed: 482 mph
Cruising speed: 280 mph
Range: 2,200 mi.
Service ceiling: 39,900 ft.
Span: 51 ft. 3 in.
Length: 38 ft. 1 in.
Height: 13 ft. 8 in.
Weight: 24,800 lbs. maximum
Crew: Two

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