Experimental high-speed research plane with combined propulsion: turbo-jet for take-off and rocket engine for high-altitude flight.
First flew on February 4, 1948.
In August 1951 after deploying from Boeing P2B-1S (B-29) D-558-2 reached a speed of 1992kph and an altitude of 24230m.
On August 31, 1953 the aircraft reached an altitude of 25370m and on November 20, 1953 set a speed record of 2.05M.
| MODEL||Douglas D-558-2 "Skyrocket"|
| ENGINE||1 x Westinghouse J4-WE-22 turbo-jet, 13.3kN and 1 x Reaction Motors XLR-8 rocket engine, 26.7kN|
| Wingspan||7.62 m||25 ft 0 in|
| Length||13.79 m||45 ft 3 in|
| Height||3.51 m||12 ft 6 in|
| Wing area||16.26 m2||175.02 sq ft|
|Hank Murrow, e-mail, 11.02.2015 00:12|
My father, Richard B Murrow, was an aeronautical engineer for both the Skystreak and Skyrocket research aircraft while working for Douglas from 1938 to the late fifties.
|Ken Jarecki, e-mail, 07.06.2012 17:18|
The 558II is in my opinion one of the most beautifull airplanes ever designed.
|Bill Macdonald, e-mail, 20.10.2010 07:09|
I did the Testing on the Yaw Damper Control.
|Jeff Butler, e-mail, 26.05.2008 05:12|
One example of the Skyrocket is on display at the Planes Of Fame Air Museum, in Chino, California
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