Short Straw, Korean War Book Review


Short Straw
Memoirs of Korea
by Captain Bernard W. Peterson

Memoirs of Korea Page 18

Great Photos and story of the F-82,  P82 twin mustang Korean war fighter.  The F-82 made the first kill during the Korean war. The North American F-82 Twin Mustang was 42' 5" long, 13' 10" high with a wingspan of 51' 3".  The Twin Mustangs empty weight was 15,997 lbs and its gross weight was 25,591 lbs.   This plane had two Allison V-1710-145 inline engines producing 1,600 hp each for a total of 3,200 hp.  The cruise speed of the F-82 was 286 mph with a maximum speed of 461 mph with a climb rate of 3,770 feet per minute. More about the F82 Twin Mustang 
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The North American F-82 Twin Mustang.

At the start of the Korean offensive on 25 June 1950, the FEAF (Far East Air Forces) under L Gen. George E. Stratemeyer, were made up of some eight and a half combat groups, charged with the defense of Japan, Okinawa, Guam and the Philippines, comprising three fighter-bomber groups, two fighter intercept groups, one all-weather fighter group, two light bomb squadrons, one medium bomb group, and a troop carrier group.  The all weather fighter groups had F-82's, and were credited with making the first enemy kill of the war, a Russian YAK-3 fighter.

North American F-82 Twin Mustangs. 

- Available in Japan and used with much success during the early fighting.  Left over from a batch of 250 ordered in 1946,  they were powered by two Allison V-1710-143/145 inline engines.  They had replaced the P-61 Black Widow in service with the Air defense Command
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