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NASA Dryden Celebrates 60th Anniversary of First Mach 2 Flight

 

Written by Peter Merlin
NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationEdwards, CA – Sixty years ago, A. Scott Crossfield, a talented young engineering research pilot for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), became the first human to fly faster than twice the speed of sound in the Douglas D-558-2 Skyrocket in the skies over Edwards Air Force Base.

NASA’s Dryden Flight Research Center celebrated the 60th anniversary of the milestone November 20th during colloquium presentations by Dr. Richard P. Hallion, a research associate in aeronautics for the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, former Edwards base historian and author of “On the Frontier,” NASA Dryden’s official history.

One of the three Douglas Skyrockets rockets upward during a research flight. (NASA)

One of the three Douglas Skyrockets rockets upward during a research flight. (NASA)

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