On November 20, 1953 the Douglas D-558-II piloted by A. Scott Crossfield assured it place in history as the first aircraft to reach Mach 2. The D-558-II was a joint effort of Douglas Aircraft Company, U.S. Navy and the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (now NASA) in an all out effort to reach Mach 2.
Although suffering from the flu Crossfield piloted the aircraft that was specially prepared with extensive washing, waxing, taping and incorporation of special procedures to the engine to improve fuel burn, endurance and thus speed. After being dropped from the B-29 mother ship the aircraft ascended at a 45 degree deck angle to an altitude of 72,000 feet and a top speed of Mach 2.005.
After itâ€™s last flight on December 20, 1956, "NACA 144" was retired. The aircraft now resides in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.
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