The F-82 Twin Mustang played a significant role in the Korean Conflict as one of the first USAF aircraft to operate over Korea. Equipped with all-weather interceptors, F-82s shot down the first three North Korean airplanes destroyed by U.S. forces on June 27, 1950.
Besides functioning as an interceptor, the versatile aircraft also performed as a fighter bomber and night fighter due to its radar equipment. Ultimately, the F-82s were replaced by Lockheed F-94B jet interceptors in 1952.
Throughout the war, F-82s achieved a total of 24 victories, including 4 air-to-air and 20 ground victories.
|Pilot / Radar observer||Squadron||Date||Aircraft destroyed||Remarks|
|Lt. William G. "Skeeter" Hudson|
Lt. Carl Fraser
|68th Fighter-All Weather Squadron||6/27/1950||Yak-11||First U.S. aerial victory in Korea|
|Lt. Charles B. "Chalky" Moran|
Lt. Fred Larkins
|68th Fighter-All Weather Squadron||6/27/1950||Yak-9|
|Maj. James W. "Poke" Little|
Capt. Charles Porter
|339th Fighter-All Weather Squadron||6/27/1950||La-7||Little was the Commander of the 339th|
- Aerial Victories of the Jet Era by Arthur Wyllie
- F-82 Twin Mustang (Mini in Action No. 1608) by Larry Davis