• Hi Guest! Forum rules have been updated. All users please read here.

Douglas Skyrocket

Steve Pace

Aviation History Writer
Joined
Jan 6, 2013
Messages
2,269
Reaction score
6
I found this online - a view of the D-558-2 I've never seen before (note original cockpit canopy). Credit Life magazine -

Steve Pace
 

Attachments

fightingirish

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Senior Member
Joined
Jun 3, 2006
Messages
2,123
Reaction score
97

pathology_doc

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Joined
Jun 7, 2008
Messages
801
Reaction score
11
fightingirish - that last one reminds me of the fellow riding the bomb to his doom in Dr Strangelove. I can almost hear the "Yeeeee-hah!"


I take it this is the eject system, with the chap riding the nose-cone down to some safe opening speed?
 

GTX

All hail the God of Frustration!!!
Senior Member
Joined
Apr 15, 2006
Messages
2,651
Reaction score
31
Website
beyondthesprues.com
That side view does show just how attractive an aircraft it was. Great find.
 

shockonlip

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Joined
Jan 29, 2008
Messages
605
Reaction score
0
In the photo of the two men next to the jet engine, the guy on the
left looks like Douglas test pilot Gene May.
 

Steve Pace

Aviation History Writer
Joined
Jan 6, 2013
Messages
2,269
Reaction score
6
shockonlip said:
In the photo of the two men next to the jet engine, the guy on the
left looks like Douglas test pilot Gene May.
It is Gene May.
 

hesham

CLEARANCE: Above Top Secret
Joined
May 26, 2006
Messages
23,769
Reaction score
816
From Decollage 11/1947.
 

Attachments

Dynoman

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Joined
Jul 29, 2009
Messages
772
Reaction score
41
Interesting read:

Toward Mach 2: The Douglas D558 Program

https://www.nasa.gov/centers/dryden/pdf/88788main_D-558.pdf
 

Dynoman

CLEARANCE: Top Secret
Joined
Jul 29, 2009
Messages
772
Reaction score
41
Great read. Chapters 2 and 3 cover the D-558 program, design and test histories.

https://www.nasa.gov/sites/default/files/atoms/files/probing_the_sky.pdf
 
Top