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May, Eugene F American Test Pilot. Douglas test pilot.

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1947 April 14 - .
  • D-558-I first flight. - . Crew: May. Nation: USA. Related Persons: May. Spacecraft: D-558-1. Douglas pilot Eugene F. May flew the number one Skystreak for the first time on April 14, 1947, at Muroc Army Airfield (later renamed Edwards Air Force Base) in Calif. The goals of the program were to investigate the operation of a straight-wing configuration in the lower third of the transonic speed range (which extended from roughly 0.7 to 1.3 times the speed of sound).

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