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Twin Mustang: The North American F-82 at War (Paperback)


By Alan C. Carey
Imprint: Pen & Sword Aviation
Series: Images of War
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 120 black and white illustrations
ISBN: 9781783462216
Published: 24th February 2014
Last Released: 6th October 2020



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One of the most unusual and remarkable American fighter aircraft, the F-82 Twin Mustang was the last mass production propeller-driven fighter acquired by the U.S. Air Force. Originally intended as a very long-range fighter escort for the Boeing B-29 Superfortress during World War II, it arrived too late to see combat and evolved into a night and all-weather fighter during the post-war years. Combat operations in the Korean War followed, along with a host of other dynamic episodes of deployment. This work traces the developmental, operational, and combat history of this unique American fighter and features 120 photographs and illustrations, many of which have never been published before.

Seven chapters, all extensively illustrated, cover the aircraft's development, descriptions of the variants and sub-types, details of initial entry into service, three chapters covering the F-82's service in the Korean War, and a final chapter detailing the type's removal from the Korean War Theatre in February 1952, to see out its operational days in the Alaskan Air Defence Command.

An appendix section follows, featuring tables of the different variants, an illustrated list of known nose art applied to F-82s, and an entry of losses suffered in the Korean War. All these additional details bring new points of interest to the popular Images of War format, making for a richer, more informative reading experience.

Focussing on an overlooked type, deployed in a conflict often side-lined within mainstream war histories, this publication offers a much deserved platform upon which to appreciate this dynamic and immensely interesting aircraft.

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This is an excellent examination of this rather unusual and short-lived aircraft.

History of War

This is a fine addition to Carey's body of work and to anyone's library.

Aviation History

This is a useful survey of a now little-known type with good illustrations and drawings.


If you're an historian like me, you'll love this book. It lists every F-82 to serve in Korea, every crewman lost in combat, every squadron which used them, and all the pertinent tech details about each version. Photos illustrate the planes from nearly every squadron (if not all) and captions offer in-depth information not included in the text - so they really add value... This was the first of Pen & Sword's 'Images of War' books I've read, but it won't be the last.

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Focussing on an overlooked type developed in a conflict often side-lined with the mainstream war histories, this book offers a much deserved platform upon which to appreciate a unique and interesting aircraft.

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About Alan C. Carey

Alan C. Carey is an historian and author specializing in military aviation topics. His interest in military aviation stems from his father’s service in World War II, which inspired him to write his first book, The Reluctant Raiders: The Story of United States Navy Bombing Squadron VB/VPB-109 in World War II. Research on VB-109 led Mr. Carey to obtaining two Distinguished Flying Crosses and nine Air Medals from the U.S. Navy for his father’s service in World War II, fifty years later.

Mr. Carey, who holds British and American citizenship, graduated from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and Political Science. Twin Mustang: The North American F-82 is his first book with Pen & Sword.

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