Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak


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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.

 MODELDouglas D-558-1 "Skystreak"
 ENGINE1 x Allison J35-A-11 turbo-jet, 22.2kN
  Take-off weight4584 kg10106 lb
  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
  Max. speed1048 km/h651 mph

Hank Murrow, e-mail, 11.02.2015 00:07

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, e-mail, 14.08.2011 23:48

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, e-mail, 03.04.2011 06:23

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, e-mail, 17.05.2008 07:53

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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