1949 Douglas Skyrocket (D-558-II) gets a boost


Douglas' Skyrocket (D-558-II) gets a takeoff boost from two Aerojet JATO bottles during flight tests at Muroc Base, Cailfornia. The JATO bottles are installed externally and can be jettisoned after takeoff. They are used to decrease the long takeoff run of the Sky- rocket when jet engine power alone is used. The Skyrocket is powered by a Westinghouse 24C jet engine and a Reaction Motors 6000-lb. thrust rocket engine.

Aviation Week | February 14, 1949