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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 6:43 pm 
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Disappointing but totally understood! Bravo Tom and team for all your hard work returning this machine to the sky.

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PostPosted: Thu Jul 19, 2018 7:42 pm 
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I got the jest from a few folks that visited the project over the last week that the aircraft is done and ready to fly, but there just wasn't going to be enough time to cram in all of the test flight hours required before it could be flown to Oshkosh, having been waiting on the paperwork to allow them to begin flying it. More than anything, over the last few days now I've been eagerly anticipating that first photo or video that shows up in my Facebook feed of the aircraft making its first flight, and I'd imagine that will still be happening any day now. Wouldn't it be doubly amazing now if two flying Twin Mustangs make their Oshkosh debuts next year.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 2:35 am 
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JohnTerrell wrote:
Wouldn't it be doubly amazing now if two flying Twin Mustangs make their Oshkosh debuts next year.

Nice thought, but don’t get your hopes up. When I spoke to Pat Harker about his F-82 earlier this year, he told me that first flight was “several years out still”. I got the impression that it was not a priority as they have several other aircraft that are keeping them busy.


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PostPosted: Fri Jul 20, 2018 7:52 am 
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After 10 years of perseverance and more than 200,000 man-hours of work


That is 100 years for a single person at 40hrs a week!!!!! I think we can wait until next year for the grand champion prize!!!!!!


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Wouldn't it be doubly amazing now if two flying Twin Mustangs make their Oshkosh debuts next year.

Nice thought, but don’t get your hopes up. When I spoke to Pat Harker about his F-82 earlier this year, he told me that first flight was “several years out still”. I got the impression that it was not a priority as they have several other aircraft that are keeping them busy.


The idea that you could have a Twin Mustang that close to flight and it NOT be a priority is mind blowing to me. I guess when you have the means to have such things it may affect your priorities.


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JohnTerrell wrote:
Wouldn't it be doubly amazing now if two flying Twin Mustangs make their Oshkosh debuts next year.

Nice thought, but don’t get your hopes up. When I spoke to Pat Harker about his F-82 earlier this year, he told me that first flight was “several years out still”. I got the impression that it was not a priority as they have several other aircraft that are keeping them busy.


The idea that you could have a Twin Mustang that close to flight and it NOT be a priority is mind blowing to me. I guess when you have the means to have such things it may affect your priorities.

Keep in mind that Pat Harker loves all airplanes, not just warbirds. I’m not mistaken, I believe he flies everything from antiques to biz jets. Just be glad that we have a person with incredible resources such as him to promote aviation for all of us!

By the way, he’s really down to earth and loves talking about aviation.


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Just be glad that we have a person with incredible resources such as him to promote aviation for all of us! By the way, he’s really down to earth and loves talking about aviation.


Just to be clear, I meant nothing derogatory by my post. Rather only that I do not have the means to afford such things and thus may not fully understand the nuances involved.


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C VEICH wrote:
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Just be glad that we have a person with incredible resources such as him to promote aviation for all of us! By the way, he’s really down to earth and loves talking about aviation.


Just to be clear, I meant nothing derogatory by my post. Rather only that I do not have the means to afford such things and thus may not fully understand the nuances involved.

No problem, I didn’t interpret that in a negative manner.


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The latest from the XP-82 Facebook

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After ten long years, we are ready to fly ... almost. We received our Airworthiness Certificate on Sunday, one day before Oshkosh. This did not give us enough time to fly off the restriction hours (15), and then get a check ride. Tom went to Oshkosh to give a talk on the XP-82 restoration. While there there was a F7F that had an apparent wheel failure; the same type of wheel our 82 has. Even though our two wheels passed inspection, Tom insists putting on two new wheels. Then we will have our first flight. (photo credit Michael O'Leary Air Classics)
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 01, 2018 4:22 pm 
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Oh wow, it's so close! Go Tom and co!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 7:54 am 
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Has the test pilot been revealed yet? Steve Hinton, Stu Dawson, or ?


I've seen it reported multiple places now that Ray Fowler is to be the pilot.

When I think back to 20 years ago I would have never guessed someone would take on such a project. Hats off to all the restorers returning to the skies the aircraft I never thought I would see in the skies again.

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Has the test pilot been revealed yet? Steve Hinton, Stu Dawson, or ?


I've seen it reported multiple places now that Ray Fowler is to be the pilot.

When I think back to 20 years ago I would have never guessed someone would take on such a project. Hats off to all the restorers returning to the skies the aircraft I never thought I would see in the skies again.


Ray would be an excellent choice!

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 03, 2018 9:55 am 
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Here's my Oshkosh P-82 photo.


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Here's my Oshkosh P-82 photo.




Best part is the counter-rotating props!


(pedal-plane-parade video:)

https://www.facebook.com/andy.ovans.3/v ... 582399098/

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Now these are cracking pictures from their blog....any news on the first flight?

From: http://xp-82twinmustangproject.blogspot.com/

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