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Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak Flight Test Activities
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Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket Test Flight
The D558 program was conceived as a joint U.S. Navy/NACA research program for transonic and supersonic flight.
During the late 1940s and early 1950s, engineers and scientists at the Douglas Aircraft Co. researched supersonic aircraft. These experimental aircraft included the D-558-1 Skystreak, the D-558-2 Skyrocket, and the X-3 Stiletto.
The Skyrocket was the first Douglas plane to exceed the speed of sound and was the first aircraft ever to exceed Mach 2.
The Skyrocket program produced 3 aircraft and a total of 313 test flights between February 1948 and August 1956.
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