NASA M2-F1: Inexpensive,but not Cheap.

NASA M2-F1: Inexpensive,but not Cheap.

Developed and built in house by NASA Dryden to test the low speed characteristics of lifting bodies.The M2-F1 was made in tubular steel and plywood.The glider was towed initially by a souped-up 1963 Pontiac Catalina convertible and later,as we can see here,by a C-47. The “Flying Bathtub” more than vindicated the expense: it proved the lifting body concept and led the way for subsequent, “heavyweight metal” designs.

Photo: NASA


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