Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak
1947
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Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak

Experimental high-speed research plane, first flew in May 1947. On August 25, 1947 set a 1047kph speed record. 3 built.


Specification 
 MODELDouglas D-558-1 "Skystreak"
 CREW1
 ENGINE1 x Allison J35-A-11 turbo-jet, 22.2kN
 WEIGHTS
    Take-off weight4584 kg10106 lb
 DIMENSIONS
    Wingspan7.62 m25 ft 0 in
    Length10.88 m36 ft 8 in
    Height3.7 m12 ft 2 in
    Wing area14.0 m2150.69 sq ft
 PERFORMANCE
    Max. speed1048 km/h651 mph

Comments
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.

deaftom, 03.04.2011

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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