See U.S. Air Force’s supersonic rocket sled in action!

The Holloman High Speed Test Track (HHSTT) is a Department of Defense/Air Force aerospace ground test facility located at Holloman Air Force Base in south-central New Mexico. It is adjacent to the White Sands Missile Range and is operated by the 846th Test Squadron of the 96th Test Group of the 96th Test Wing at Eglin Air Force Base.

In 2002, the narrow-gauge track was lengthened to 20,379 ft (6,212 m). The HHSTT currently holds the world land speed record for rocket sleds set in April 2003, at Mach 8.6 or 6,453.409 miles per hour.

As of April 2014, over 12,400 sled tests have been performed at the HHSTT, such as this one.

Source of video: Holloman Air Force Base Instagram

H/t Maziel

~Eowyn

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TrailDust
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Hey! I think that guy passed me on the highway at rush hour yesterday!

DCG
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Crazy fast!

Dave
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Cool. 🙂

Jackie Puppet
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You’ll miss it if you blink!

Splitfinger
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Splitfinger

It’s pretty cool
But what is the military application?
Is this just a bunch of egg heads getting together to play with cool stuff?
Dunno maybe we can use it as a repatriation sling shot for illegals ….
Bet we could sling em all over the globe the heck with plane tickets..
We could like put em in suitcases…ya know those big ones and attach a parachute to it….
I read the other day they had a whole slew of people from some crap hole in butt hump Africa….
Betcha that thing could sling em all the way over there
Just sayin….

Truckjunkie
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Truckjunkie

Think we could convince Obama, Killary, Holder, Nadler, Pelosi, Schumer, etc., etc., etc. to take a ride on that thing? How far out in space do you think it could launch ’em if we angled the end of the track upwards? One per day,we’d be free of ’em in just a Month or so….

Dave
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Werks fer me. 🙂

Splitfinger
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Splitfinger

with those criminals we could aim it at China and send them home most of them work for China

Jackie Puppet
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The sheer amount of kinetic energy is what does the damage to its target.

And I’m partial to this:comment image