Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket

The Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket (or D-558-II) was a rocket and jet-powered supersonic research aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company for the United States Navy. On 20 November 1953, shortly before the 50th anniversary of powered flight, Scott Crossfield piloted the Skyrocket to Mach 2, or more than 1,290 mph (2076 km/h), the first time an aircraft had exceeded twice the speed of sound.

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Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket - Specifications (D-558-2 Skyrocket)
... General characteristics Crew one pilot Length 42 ft 0 in (12.8 m) Wingspan 25 ft 0 in (7.6 m) Height 22 ft 8 in (3.8 m) Wing area 175 ft² (16.2 m²) Empty weight 9,421 lb (4,273 kg) Max ... takeoff weight 15,266 lb (6,923 kg) Powerplant 1 × Westinghouse J34-WE-40 turbojet, 3,000 lbf (13 kN) 1 × Reaction Motors XLR-8-RM-5 rocket engine, 6,000 lbf (27 kN) Performance Maximum speed 720 mph, 1,250 mph when air-launched (1,160 km/h, 2,010 km/h when air-launched) Stall speed 160.1 mph (257.7 km/h) Service ceiling 16,500 ft (5,030 m) Rate of climb 22,400 ft/min, 11,100 ft/min under rocket power only (6,830 m/min ...

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