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Space History Photo: D-558-2 Being Mounted to P2B-1 Mothership

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The D-558-2 is mounted to a P2B-1 Mothership. (Image credit: NACA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, the Douglas D-558-2 #2 is being mounted under the left wing of the P2B-1 launch aircraft in 1956. The P2B-1 has been lifted on mechanical jacks in the hangar for a possible fit check or a rare attachment of the Skyrocket for a flight.

The National Advisory Committee on Aeronautics (NACA) was a precursor to NASA. NACA was created by Congress in 1915.

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