Twin Mustang: The North America F-82 at War (Images of War) Paperback – 24 Feb 2014
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About the Author
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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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"!)
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)
I don't recommend it.