The larger than life NASA engineer and test pilot Milt Thompson in the office of the more drastic of the Lifting Bodies aircraft tested by NASA in the late 1960’s/early 1970’s. Thompson was heavily envolved in the whole concept from the beginning.In fact, he became the first person to fly a lifting body, the lightweight NASA M2-F1 and later he made the first five flights of the all-metal M2-F2.
Milt Thompson ready from some action. He wears the usual pretty neat TOPTEX flight helmet and a MS22001 oxygen mask. NASA has always been a very clean outfit. Photo: NASA.