The D-558 series, which also included the Skystreak, was developed by Douglas Aircraft under the direction of Edward H. Heinmann of the United States Navy. NACA (National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics) used the Skyrocket to explore the flight characteristics of swept-wing aircraft. The Skyrocket set a number of speed and altitude records before the program was ended in 1956.
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