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.