"EVERYTHING SHE'S GOT"

BY MIKE MACHAT

Autographed by A. Scott Crossfield.

L/E of 1000. Signed and numbered by the artist.

Size: 24" x 18"

Price: $85

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On the cold, blustery morning of November 20, 1953, a glistening white rocket-powered aircraft launched from its B-29 mothership and headed for a rendezvous with history. The Douglas D-558-ll. a joint effort of the Douglas Aircraft Company, U. S. Navy and National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (now NASA) was the workhorse of the research aircraft fleet and had set many speed and altitude records piloted by Douglas, Navy and Marine test pilots, and A. Scott Crossfield, who had made many flights in the craft. This, however, was an all-out effort to reach the absolute limit of its performance envelope and reach Mach 2.

NACA 144, the second of three Skyrockets built, had been speedily prepared for this flight with an extensive washing, waxing, taping and use of special procedures to improve fuel burn, endurance and thus, speed. Although Crossfield was suffering from the flu that morning he piloted the craft with total precision to a speed of Mach 2.005 and became the first man to reach twice the speed of sound. This painting depicts the dramatic 45 degree-deck angle as the D-588-11 accelerates and climbs to a peak altitude of 72,000 feet.

Having made its last flight on December 20, 1956, ITHACA 144D is now proudly displayed at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D. C. The artist wishes to acknowledge the special efforts of A. Scott Crossfield, Harry Gann, Douglas Aircraft Company, and Drs. Richard P. Hallion and Jim Young Edwards Flight Test Center History Office, all of whom provided valuable research material essential to the complete accuracy of this painting.