Douglas D-558: D-558-1 Skystreak and D-558-2 Skyrocket

Published: September 29th, 2019     
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Author: Peter E. Davies
Reviewed by: Allan Murrell - IPMS# 49715
ISBN #: 9781472836212
Other Publication Information: Paperback, 80 pages
Price: $22.00
Product / Stock #: XPL 12
Product provided by: Osprey Publishing

This is the 12th book in the X Planes Series and covers the Douglas D-558-1 Skystreak plus the D-558-2 Skyrocket.

The book covers the full development of the Skystreak and Skyrocket and the history of the testing and progress they made.

The book chapters are:

  • Chapter 1: Introduction
  • Chapter 2: The Crimson Test Tube
  • Chapter 3: Skyrocket
  • Chapter 4: Air - Launch
  • Chapter 5: Super Skyrockets
  • Chapter 6: Afterthoughts

There are lots of great images in the book which has 80 pages.

The development stages and aircraft variations are very well done. Every detail and stages is covered in great depth. What I found very interesting is the amount of information from the human side and the people involved in the programs is tremendous.

The book shows how many variations there were in the D-558 project, so much more that I was aware of. This book is a superb source of information and pictures, and I highly recommend this book.

Thanks go to Osprey Publishing for providing this book to review and IPMS USA for allowing me to review it.

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