Icons of Aviation History: The F-82 Twin Mustang

The F-82 Twin Mustang is certainly one of the oddest aircraft ever produced–it looks like something that a ten-year-old would make out of spare model kit parts. But the F-82 still holds some flight records for a piston-engined fighter, and it was an F-82 that scored the first American air victory in Korea.

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F-82 Twin Mustang “Betty Jo” on display at the USAF Museum in Dayton OH

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Was Billy the Kid Granted a Pardon?

Billy the Kid is one of the most famous outlaws of the Old West. But his story has mostly been exaggerated. For at least part of the time he was actually a deputized lawman. And he may have been granted a pardon by the Governor of New Mexico in exchange for cooperating with law enforcement.

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William McCarty, aka Henry McCarty, aka Henry Antrim, aka William H Bonney, aka Billy the Kid

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Bunker Hill: The Most Famous Battle the Americans Lost

It may be the most famous battle of the Revolutionary War. But the Battle of Bunker Hill did not happen the way most Americans today think it did. It didn’t even happen on Bunker Hill. And it was the British who won the fight.

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The Battle of Bunker Hill                                          from Wiki Commons

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The Disappearance of the Carolina Parakeet

While the forests of Central and South America are home to dozens of parrot species, only one, the Carolina Parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis) ever made it to the United States. Once found in the eastern US from Florida all the way to New York and Wisconsin, and as far west as Colorado, the Carolina Parakeet was completely extinct by the 1920’s. Today, it exists only in museums.

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The Carolina Parakeet; Ohio History Museum, Columbus

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