DEFENDING the WILDERNESS

Despite its limitations, the F-82 Twin Mustang met an important US Air Force need when it came to protecting Alaska’s airspace

TWIN MUSTANGS

bombs and rockets for bombing ice jams on the Yukon River during the early spring of 1952.
L. H. SMITH

No wonder the Soviet Union found Alaska of such strategic interest after World War Two. It was, after all, something of a ‘back door’ to the United States. The territory needed defending, and to help do so the US Air Force called upon an interim all-weather fighter that bridged the gap between the piston and jet eras.

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