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The Aero Experience is a celebration of Midwest aviation and aerospace achievement. We invite you to join us as we explore the treasures of Midwest aviation through first-hand experiences. Our contributors take turns flying lead, and we are always looking for new destinations. Check in with The Aero Experience frequently to see where we will land today, and then go out and have your own aero experiences!

Blue skies,

Carmelo Turdo, Mark Nankivil and Fred Harl - The Aero Experience Team

Thursday, July 9, 2020

EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019: North American XP-82 Twin Mustang

The Aero Experience continues our coverage of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2019, sponsored by Elite Aviation, with this look at the North American XP-82 previously shown on display in Boeing Plaza. Winner of the 2019 Phoenix and Golden Wrench Awards, this was certainly a restoration worthy of recognition. The aircraft was purchased by Tom Reilly from the Soplata collection and meticulously restored over ten years prior to its appearance here. The F-82 series replaced the Northrop P-61 Black Widow in the night fighter role and was also used in the escort fighter and ground attack role during the Korean War before its retirement with the advent of tactical jet aircraft.

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