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M2-F3 Lifting Body

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Display Status:

This object is on display in the Space Race exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC.

Collection Item Summary:

This M2-F3 lifting body was the first of the heavyweight, wingless lifting body research craft of the 1960s. The lifting body programs tested the concept of achieving aerodynamic lift from just the shape of wingless craft, a concept used in designing the Space Shuttle. This F3 is the F2 re-built after a landing accident seriously damaged the M2-F2. The rocket-powered M2 was launched from beneath a B-52 mother craft at an altitude of 45,000 ft. and would glide to a landing. NASA transferred the M2-F3 to the Museum for display in 1975.

Collection Item Long Description:

Data Source

National Air and Space Museum

Rights

Do not reproduce without permission from the Smithsonian Institution, National Air and Space Museum

Manufacturer

Credit Line

Transferred from NASA Dryden Flight Research Center

Materials

Aluminum, glass or plastic, various materials inside

Dimensions

Overall: 8ft x 22ft x 9ft, 6000lb. (243.84 x 670.56 x 274.32cm, 2721.6kg)

Country of Origin

United States of America

Physical Description

This M2-F3 lifting body was a heavyweight, wingless lifting body research craft of the 1960s. This F3 is the F2 re-built after a landing accident seriously damaged the M2-F2.

Type

SPACECRAFT-Manned-Test Vehicles

Inventory Number

A19751576000