Indulge Me

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No, this isn’t amateur built, so technically, it doesn’t fall under the purview of Kitplanes… well, that’s just too bad, because the only flying Twin Mustang in the world is just plane cool!

The F-82 is making its public debut after years of restoration and the past couple of months of flight testing, anyone with aviation fuel in their veins needs to stop by and have a look – its remarkable airplane: Big, beefy, solid – and you just can’t help but wonder what it’s like to fly.

I don’t really know why, but I was enamored by this airplane when I was young, and wanted to build a flying replica model – but alas, I really didn’t have the money in my piggy bank for one engine, let alone two! Nevertheless, I remember scouring the model airplane magazines for three-view drawings and making sketches of internal configurations for a model – probably some of the earliest aircraft “design work” in my portfolio.

So even though it was a wet morning at Sun ‘n Fun, it was worth it to make the trek out to war birds to have a look at this at last. It was part of an inspiration for my avian career – and maybe it will have the same ages some youngsters of today. So make sure to take your grandkids.

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen, and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra they completed. Currently, they are building a Xenos motorglider. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 5000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor, as well as a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.

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