NASA M2-F1: Inexpensive, but not Cheap.

NASA M2-F1: Inexpensive,but not Cheap.

This glider was developed and built in house by NASA Dryden to test the low speed characteristics of a lifting body shape. The M2-F1 was made in tubular steel, plywood and light aircraft parts. The M2-F1 was towed initially by a souped-up 1963 Pontiac Catalina convertible. Later, as we can see here, a more orthodox C-47 was employed.
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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