• Short Summary

    The Douglas Skyrocket flying at twice the speed of sound

  • Description

    Edwards Air Force Base, Muroc, California, United States of America

    DOUGLAS SKYROCKET RECORD

    GV. The Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket plane (a swept-wing, rocket-powered, research plane). Scotty Crossfield, the test pilot, checking plane. LS. Plane being loaded into B.29. MS Crew climbing aboard. Air to air, Skyrocket in flight. (Flying at 1327 miles per hour, twice the speed of sound and a new world record).

    (F.G.)

  • Tags

  • Data

    Film ID:
    2785.01
    Media URN:
    81822
    Group:
    Unissued unused
    Archive:
    British Pathe
    Issue Date:
    1953
    Sound:
    sound
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    01:00:02:00 / 01:00:42:00
    Canister:
    UN 2574 C

Comments (2)

  1. jamied says

    The aircraft shown is a Douglas D-558-II Skyrocket. Only 3 were ever built.

    Although he's referred to by the commentator as Scotty Crossfield, that name produces barely any Internet search results (bar this one!). It seems that he was instead known simply as Scott Crossfield, for which thousands of results can be found.

  2. British Pathé says

    Thanks. We've updated the description and tags.

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