Douglas Skyrocket research aircraft taking off during initial testing in 1948
California USA Date:1948, February 4 Duration:4 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Douglas D558-2 Skyrocket research aircraft, built for the U.S. Navy, is seen taking off from Muroc Army Airfield (AKA Edwards Air Force Base). in first test flight, piloted by Douglas test pilot, John F. Martin. It makes gradual ascent passing low over the camera. In this first flight it is powered by a Westinghouse J34-40 turbojet engine. (After early flights with the jet engine, it would re-powered by a rocket engine.)
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