Mastercraft Collection: D-558-2 Skyrocket?..
Wingspan: 18.5 inches
Length: 9.25 inches
The D-558-2 Skyrocket was a rocket and jet-powered supersonic research aircraft built by the Douglas Aircraft Company for the United States Navy. This aircraft was part of the 2nd phase of a three-phase program; the first phase was the D-558-1, and the project was cancelled before the third phase could be carried out. The goals of the program were to investigate the characteristics of swept-wing aircraft at transonic and supersonic speeds with particular attention to pitch-up, a problem particularly at low speeds during takeoff and landing, and in tight turns. Three Skyrockets were built for the program and between them, they flew a total of 313 times.
This handcrafted model is painted in the same paint scheme as the original and is painstakingly built from Philippine mahogany by our skilled craftsmen. Perfect as a gift for any aviation enthusiast and history buff!