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Space History Photo: Skyrocket In Flight With F-86 Chase Plane

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The Skyrocket and F-86 Chase plane are two early examples of swept wing airfoils.
(Image: © NACA.)

In this historic photo from the U.S. space agency, this mid-1950s photograph shows the Douglas D-558-2 and the North American F-86 Sabre chase aircraft in flight. Both aircraft display early examples of swept wing airfoils.

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

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