Author Topic: F-82K Tri-Stang  (Read 492 times)

Offline b29r

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F-82K Tri-Stang
« on: July 10, 2019, 05:44:34 AM »
During December 1947, the newly minted USAF issued an RFP for a multi-role airplane, it's primary mission to escort SAC bombers.  In addition to this, secondary roles of photo recon, interception, and ground attack would be required.

 North American Aviation was successful in drawing on the experience gained with its revolutionary Twin Mustang in meeting these requirements.  The resulting F-82K was dubbed Tri-Stang, it's designation due to a budgetary funding issue.  513 units of all variants were produced, and it went on to serve with distinction during the post war period.  The superiority of emerging jet performance, plus the capability of in-flight refueling brought about the retirement of the Tri-Stang from active units, beginning in 1959.  It continued to serve with the ANG into the mid-sixties.  Only a handful of these elegant birds remain preserved today in aviation museums around the world.

 The F-82K  pictured here,  'Ole 97, served with the 27th Fighter Escort Wing, stationed at Ladd AFB in Alaska.









And, seen here with a standard F-82G



A pretty easy conversion of the old Monogram F-82.  Starfighter decals were used, along with some checkerboard decals.  Extending the wings and dealing with the contra prop were probably the most tedious items to deal with.

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Kem

Offline elmayerle

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Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
« Reply #1 on: July 10, 2019, 09:29:16 AM »
Not that's just plain beautiful.  A very clean and attractive aircraft and a most credible backstory.

Offline Retired In Kalifornia

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Excellent...
« Reply #2 on: July 10, 2019, 10:16:35 AM »
...center fuselage contra-rotating props, nice touch; large turning radius likely, MiG-15s having field day, Tu-4s are fodder, Tu-85s if were in service might had held their own.

Offline Camthalion

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Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
« Reply #3 on: July 10, 2019, 01:01:18 PM »
very cool

Offline Brian da Basher

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Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
« Reply #4 on: July 11, 2019, 06:16:28 AM »
Would this make it a Chain-gang Lightning?

Great stuff! Love the paintwork!

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Offline apophenia

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Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
« Reply #5 on: July 11, 2019, 07:07:13 AM »
That is seriously twisted and certifiably brilliant! Love it  :-*
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Offline ericr

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Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
« Reply #6 on: July 12, 2019, 03:12:14 PM »

beautiful design and build


Offline Robomog

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Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
« Reply #7 on: July 15, 2019, 10:37:44 PM »
Impressive, i like this a lot,

Tophe would have loved this, where is he these days ?

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Offline apophenia

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Re: F-82K Tri-Stang
« Reply #8 on: July 16, 2019, 03:40:56 AM »
...Tophe would have loved this, where is he these days ?...

He would indeed! Tophe dropped out last year after he was diagnosed  :'(

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