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NM Centennial - Shaped by Science, Pt. 3..Sled Track

Holloman Air Force Base and White Sands Missile Range served as centers for the development of technology that shaped the Cold War military.  Few examples of that work were more dramatic than John Stapp's trips down Holloman's famous sled track.

Stapp, a physician, volunteered for the first trip on Holloman's sled track in December 1954, and eventually would make 28 more runs, earning himself the title "world's fastest human."  His efforts generated data that played a role in safer aircraft and eventually safer automobiles.

Our thanks to the Albuquerque Journal's "New Mexico 100 Years of Statehood" publication for this article.



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