Experimental high-speed research plane, first flew in May 1947.
On August 25, 1947 set a 1047kph speed record. 3 built.
| MODEL||Douglas D-558-1 "Skystreak"|
| ENGINE||1 x Allison J35-A-11 turbo-jet, 22.2kN|
| Take-off weight||4584 kg||10106 lb|
| Wingspan||7.62 m||25 ft 0 in|
| Length||10.88 m||36 ft 8 in|
| Height||3.7 m||12 ft 2 in|
| Wing area||14.0 m2||150.69 sq ft|
| Max. speed||1048 km/h||651 mph|
|Hank Murrow, 11.02.2015|
My father, Richard B. Murrow was an aeronautical engineer for this research aircaft, as well as the D558-ll, Skyrocket. The Skyrocket is hanging above the entrance to the IMAX theater in the Air & Space Museum on the Mall.
|Henry Saye, 14.08.2011|
I remember seeing this plane or one just like it in the hanger at Cal Poly College in San Luis Obispo, CA while I was there in 1956. Canopy had to be unscrewed to open it. No release mechinism. Cockpit really tight fit.
If this plane indeed went to the Smithsonian (National Air and Space Museum), it does not seem to be in their inventory any more. Nor does it appear in the index to the newest edition of Blaugher's "Guide to over 900 Aircraft Museums, USA and Canada". What happened to it?
|Mike Glenn, 17.05.2008|
This aircraft wound up somehow being stored inside a greenhouse at Santa Barbara City College. In 1963 it was located, and a detatchment of Navy personnel from NMC Point Mugu went to Santa Barbara and retrieved the aircraft.
We prepped it for shipment, and it was shipped to the Smithsonian in 1963/4.
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