The North American Aviation P/F-82 Twin Mustang was a long-range, high-altitude escort fighter, produced for the USAAF. The unlikely-looking aircraft, consisting of two mated P-51H fuselages, was built to escort bombers on long-range missions during World War II. However, the war ended before the Twin Mustang could begin to prove itself. It became the last piston-engined fighter ordered into production. The P/F-82 adapted to many different roles, including long-range fighter/escort, attack bomber, and long-range reconnaissance support. They were relied heavily on during the Cold and Korean Wars, but even so, only 272 were manufactured.
Today, there are only five Twin Mustangs of any variant remaining, one of which is #44-83887. It was produced in spring 1945 and was the second of only two XP-82 prototypes. It took its first flight in June 1945 and served as NAA’s official aircraft for performance tests for the USAAF. In 1947, ‘887 was transferred to NACA, the predecessor to NASA, and used as a testbed for ramjet engines. In December 1949, ‘887 was damaged beyond repair after it slid off an icy runway. It was later acquired around 1965 by Walter Soplata and it remained on his property until 2008 when famed warbird restorer Tom Reilly purchased it.
It took 10 and half years, but Reilly restored the ultra-rare XP-82 Twin Mustang to airworthy flying condition. MotoArt had the privilege of obtaining the original aircraft skin that was removed during the restoration project. We are excited to offer North American Aviation XP-82 Twin Mustang PlaneTags for your collection.
The XP-82 Twin Mustang PlaneTags are numbered to 1,700. They are made from the original skin pulled during the restoration of #44-83887. Don’t miss the opportunity to add a Twin Mustang PlaneTag to your collection. This is a very limited edition of a truly special aircraft.
XP-82 Twin Mustang - # 44-83887
- Manufacturer: North American Aviation
- SERIAL #: 44-83887
- Crew: 2
- Empty weight: 15,997 lb
- Wing Span: 51 ft 3 in
- Length: 39 ft 0 in
- Height: 13 ft 8 in
- Max Takeoff: 25,591 lb
- Range: 1,950 nmi
- Max Speed: 400 kts
- Ceiling: 38,900 ft
- Rate of Climb: 3,770 ft / min
- Engine: 2X Merlin V-1650-23/-25 Contra-Rotating
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Perfect Aviation Gift
- Authentic - made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal.
- Unique - each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags.
- Collectible - each one is numbered in a limited edition and comes attached to a display card.
- Versatile - comes with a durable metal ring, strong enough to attach to luggage or keys or display.
*Important Notice – Please Read Carefully
PlaneTags are made from actual retired aircraft fuselage, not merely stamped metal. Because PlaneTags are made from real fuselage, each PlaneTag bears the color, thickness, and wear and tear from the portion of the fuselage from which it was cut and it is therefore rare to create two identical PlaneTags. These variations and imperfections are not product flaws. They are part of the beauty of PlaneTags. As a result, you will not have an option to select the color of your PlaneTag. The images on this website are provided for reference only and should not be used as the sole basis for choosing a particular PlaneTag.