Douglas D-558-2 Horizontal Stabilizer and Vertical Stabilizer

Tail of white Douglas D-558-2 aircraft with yellow stripe with "NACA" insignia and "144" written in black letters
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Piloted by A. Scott Crossfield, on November 20, 1953, the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket became the first aircraft to fly faster than Mach 2, twice the speed of sound. Air-launched from a U.S. Navy Boeing P2B-1S (B-29) the swept-wing, rocket-powered D-558-2 reached Mach 2.005 in a shallow dive at 18,898 meters (62,000 feet). Highlighted in this images is the horizontal stabilizer and vertical stabilizer of the Douglas D-558-2.

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10/27/2017

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Mark Avino

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A19610108000-NASM2018-10437

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Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum

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