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.