Nation of Speed
Opening in 2022


Artist rendering of the Nation of Speed exhibition.


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Exhibition Preview

    The Sonic Wind 1 rocket sled, which was powered by nine solid fuel rockets with 40,000 pounds total thrust for five seconds. Air Force Lt. Col. John Stapp first rode the sled on March 19, 1954, at Holloman Air Force Base, New Mexico, and reached a speed of 613 feet per second. During acceleration, he was subjected to a force of 22 times that of gravity. Highlighted in this image is the seat of the Sonic Wind I Rocket Sled.

    In 2008, Nemesis NXT became the first kit-built airplane to fly faster than 400 mph. It was built and designed by Jon Sharp and Patricia Sharp of Nemesis Air Racing.

    Mach 15 is about 5104.35 meters per second.

    The only plane that was slated to move that fast was the (unmanned) NASA X-43, which recorded speeds over Mach 10. The X-43A used a rocket booster to get to speed after being dropped out of a B-52.

Behind the Scenes

"Nation of Speed" Gallery