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Alan C. Carey is an American 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 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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Amazon.com: HASH(0x92dc9780) out of 5 stars 19 reviews
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x92eb5ba0) out of 5 stars Not bad for an airplane that was known for engines blowing up! 18 May 2014
By Pvt. W. G. Kirby Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Had WWII lasted another year, or design and testing started earlier, the F-82 Twin Mustang, might have become the best fighter plane of WWII, eclipsing the holder of that title, the P-51 Mustang! So says the author. So says I too, after research on the NAA product over the past few decades and reading this and every other source on the aircraft. As it was, the F-82 became an advanced all weather interceptor for the new USAF while the jet aircraft was being tested. The Twin Mustang soldiered into Korea, and was the aircraft that scored the first aerial victory over a North Korean aircraft in June, 1950 while covering evacuations of civilian population from on rushing Communist forces from North Korea. The aircraft was retired from combat due to lack of spare parts and rudimentary jet aircraft replacements finally came on line. And also due to the fact most the Allison engines that powered it were never perfected and tended to blow up after a few hundred hours of operation. Contemporary Air Force mechanics called them Allison Time Bombs! Today, there are only a few left in museums. Beautiful sleek lines, especially in the overall gloss black finish of the night fighter, as early all weather aircraft were called, give the bird a sexy quality...and so did the radar pod...read the book!
This book is a pleasure to look at. It is a photographic history of the type. Text is minimal, but effective. Photos are from many sources, most have been previously published, but enough new images keep it interesting. My complaint is there are no color images except the small images on the paper covers of the volume. About 130 pages, including lists of aircraft and crew losses in Korean combat, lists of the fate of all built by serial number, and major characteristics for the aircraft. Worth the price of purchase for the student of aerial warfare, aviation history, and scale modelers. Amazon again provided my copy in record time and in pristine condition.
Note, if you ever want to see an F-82 flying in person, for now you are out of luck. The one flying example the CAF operated has found itself into the collection of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in a Dayton, Ohio. They also have a second Twin Mustang on display, the time/distance nonrefueled record holder, Hawaii to NYC in 1947. But the Twin Mustang had a bit part in a 1951 movie about polar explorations by the USAF. You can see about three minutes total screen time for the a/c in the film "Top of the World". ( No, not the Jimmy Cagney film....that was "White Heat"!)
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93c7312c) out of 5 stars Carey Has Done it Again! Definitive book of an Enigmatic Aircraft. Great for historians and modelers! 19 May 2014
By R. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As a fan of Alan Carey's work, I looked forward immensely to reading his latest on the Twin Mustang. I was not disappointed. Carey is a writer who knows how to say a lot with a few well-chosen words and some outstanding and rare photos. This book contains as much useful material as most books would in 200 pages. Though I myself am an aviation writer and historian, I was not terribly familiar with the F-82 story, but after reading this book, I feel like I know it well. The plane was developed as a stop-gap high-altitude night and all-weather fighter in the years after World War Two and extending even into Korea.

With his usual lean prose style, Carey takes the reader from inception through the plane's final days as a victim of the new jet-powered fighters of the early 50's. While not a modeler, I was appreciative of his attention to detail for modelers as far as color schemes, as the interior photos are black and white. I was also appreciative of the very fine and extensive appendices in the back, covering everything from aircraft specs to losses of aircraft and personnel in the war. Perhaps the most exciting sections for me were the ones describing test-flying and air combat in the opening days of Korea.

I highly recommend this slam-dunk of a airplane book. It's a great read and a must-have for anyone interested in this unusual variant. ~Rob Morris, Author of Untold Valor: Forgotten Stories of American Bomber Crewmen over Europe in World War Two; The Wild Blue and Beyond: The 95th Bomb Group in War and Peace; and Untold Valor: The Second World War in the Pacific (out May 20, 2014)
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x947a4c68) out of 5 stars Great New Tails of the Twin Mustang in Action 23 May 2014
By E Simonsen - Published on Amazon.com
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It was a great pleasure to open Alan Carey's new book portraying the history of the North American Aviation P/F-82 Twin Mustang. Carey has produced a very concise record of the development and subsequent operations of the aircraft. Although the P-82 was called the "Twin Mustang", it was not two P-51 Mustangs joined together. It was refreshing to see author Carey squelch this historical myth and get this correct. The XP-82 was an entirely new aircraft based on the P-51H fuselage -- the twin fuselages of the XP-82 were about nine feet longer than a standard P-51 fuselage. Additionally, the only interchangeable parts with the original P-51 were the engines and cowl segments. There are interesting details provided by Carey, such as, the prop wash flow over the center wing causing a first flight lift-off problem. Additionally, the explanation of the Allison engine problems and their incorporation into the airframe is excellent. The book provides background details regarding the February 1947 5,000 mile non-stop record run from Hickam Field, Hawaii to LaGuardia Field, New York. At the time, the flight by a P-82B, nicknamed "Betty Jo" was the longest non-stop flight for a piston-powered aircraft. Due to Its introduction timing in history, the Twin Mustang arrived too late for service in WWII, but it did see service during the Korean War. It was a shame for this powerful piston-powered aircraft to see only limited service during the Korean War. The number of F-82s available for service at particular points in time, only emphasizes the apathy and mistakes made by the United States during the huge military drawdown after WWII. Hence, we were caught off-guard when North Korea invaded South Korea in June 1950. The inclusion of several new images of the F-82 in action during the Korean War makes this book outstanding. Carey deserves credit for hunting down, and publishing many photos that have not been previously published. Many recent books feature many redundant photos that are quite common. F-82 aircrew accounts of the Korean War aerial action greatly enhances the historic flow.

Erik Simonsen
HASH(0x942b8aa4) out of 5 stars The F-82 24 April 2016
By Gilbert R. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
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First of all I feel it only fair to say that I am a piston engine warplane nut. I knew a fair amount about the P-51 Mustang and a little about the F-82. I knew that the F-82 was a low production aircraft and was in direct competition with the early jet propelled machines. This book filled in the information I did not have. In spite of it being called a twin Mustang it was a highly modified version of two Mustangs. This book fills in the gaps in a person's knowledge.
HASH(0x941632b8) out of 5 stars Not such a good read. 21 Nov. 2015
By Dave B. - Published on Amazon.com
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Uh.....it's "okay" but not a very well done volume. There really isn't much about the F-82's Korean War exploits. I understand that it didn't serve very long in combat, but to title it "....at war" seems misleading to me. This book has pretty large print and the many pictures are pretty low resolution which translates into a lot of pages without much substance. Add to that the fact that there are no color plates, three view drawings, and mostly development detail text...its pretty boring.
I don't recommend it.
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