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NACA - D-558-1 Skystreak - 1/32 Scale Mahogany Model

NACA - Douglas - D-558-1 Skystreak - 1/32 Scale Mahogany Model - E3332E3W
NACA

Douglas
National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics
US Navy Bureau of Aeronautics

D-558-1 Skystreak
1/32 Scale Mahogany Model

Price: $169.00
$16.90 s/h in continental US
Scale: 1/32
DESKTOP Fully Assembled Mahogany Display Model


Length: 13 3/4"   W/S: 9 1/2"
$169.00 plus $16.90 s/h (US only)

Conceived in 1945, the D-558-1 Skystreak was designed by the Douglas Aircraft Company for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics, in conjunction with the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA). The Skystreaks were turbojet powered aircraft that took off from the ground under their own power and had straight wings and tails. All three D-558-1 Skystreaks were powered by Allison J35-A-11 turbojet engines producing 5,000 pounds of thrust. All the Skystreaks were initially painted scarlet, which lead to the nickname "crimson test tube." NACA later had the color of the Skystreaks changed to white to improve optical tracking and photography. The Skystreaks carried 634 pounds of instrumentation and were ideal first-generation, simple, transonic research airplanes.

Additional Information
Conceived in 1945, the Skystreak was designed by the Douglas company for the U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics, in conjunction with the NACA. The first of three Skystreaks made its maiden flight on April 14, 1947 at Muroc Dry Lake (later named Edwards AFB). Less than 4 months later, on Aug. 20, this aircraft set a new world speed record of 640.74 mph. This aircraft was delivered to the NACA in Apr. 1949 but was never flown by the NACA.
The second aircraft was delivered to the NACA in Nov. 1947 and made a total of 19 flights with the NACA before it crashed on takeoff due to compressor disintegration on May 3, 1948 killing NACA pilot Howard C. Lilly. The third aircraft was delivered to the NACA in 1949 and made a total of 78 flights with the NACA before being retired on June 10, 1953.

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