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heng44
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posted 05-10-2014 12:30 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for heng44   Click Here to Email heng44     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Pilots Bill Dana, John Manke and Cecil Powell pose in front of the M2-F3 lifting body after Manke made flight M-43-58 on December 20, 1972. It was the last flight for the M2-F3. Dana died May 6 at age 83.

mach3valkyrie
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posted 05-10-2014 02:07 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mach3valkyrie   Click Here to Email mach3valkyrie     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A fitting tribute to a great guy.

Nice going, Ed.

onesmallstep
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posted 05-13-2014 03:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for onesmallstep   Click Here to Email onesmallstep     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice that the lifting-body 'wingless' test pilots are getting their due as important precursors of shuttle.

Interesting that these aircraft were the 'go-to' subjects of novels and a TV series in the 1970s: Martin Caidin's novel 'Cyborg' (where a lifting body was referred to as the 'M3-F5'), and which later was the basis of the series Six Million Dollar Man (the crash of an M2-F2 in 1967 was used in the opening credits).

In a later episode of the series, the lifting body that crashed with the title character aboard was referred to as the 'HL-10'.

bobslittlebro
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posted 05-27-2014 06:41 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for bobslittlebro   Click Here to Email bobslittlebro     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Nice Photo Ed. I have never seen this one.

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