North American P-82B Twin Mustang, Hickam Field, Hawaii, February 27, 1947

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  1. Colonel Bob Thacker most notable achievement came in 1947 with his test of the Betty Jo, a P-82 Twin Mustang, named after his wife. This was to be the first nonstop test of a fully loaded fighter between Honolulu, Hawaii and New York City, New York. The 14 hour, 32 minute test, which started at Hickam Air Force Base on February 27, and which ended at LaGuardia Airport was a success; Thacker even set the speed record at an average of 350 miles per hour. Both the aircraft and the flight jacket Thacker wore are on display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. His co-pilot on the trip was Lt. John Ard.

    March 16, 2013 at 7:42 am

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