Aircraft History

The Douglas Skyrocket was the first aircraft to fly at twice the speed of sound (Mach 2). Only three of these experimental aircraft were flown by the National Advisory Council for Aeronautics (NACA) which was the predecessor to NASA. Funded by the US Navy, the first Skyrocket flew in 1948 powered by a Westinghouse J34 jet engine and Reaction Motors B1 rockets. The Mach 2 flight took place on 20 November 1953 over Edwards Air Force Base in California after Skyrocket D558-2 flown by Scott Crossfield was released from the bomb bay of a Boeing B-29. Crossfield reached Mach 2.01 at around 60,000 feet.

Model History

This 1:32 scale model of a Douglas Skyrocket was commissioned by the Museum and received in 1958. It features cut-away sections in the fuselage.

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