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Ames M2-F2

Ames M2-F3



First of NASA's lifting-bodies, the Ames--designed M2-F2 had a convex undersurface with flat topside, twin fins for yaw control, full-span ventral flap for pitch and split dorsal flaps for roll. First dropped from one of two specially -modified B-52 mother-ships in July 1966, the M2-F2 was rebuilt after a crash on its 16th flight in May 1967 which seriously injured test pilot Brace Peterson. As the M2-F3, it had a small dorsal fin acting as a flow-fence for improved lateral control and completed a farther 27 flights before it was retired in December 1972 having reached a maximum speed of Mach 1.613.

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