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The wingless lifting body aircraft sitting on Rogers Dry Lake at what is.

NASA1969-12-18

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The wingless, lifting body aircraft sitting on Rogers Dry Lake at what is now NASA's Dryden Flight Research Center, Edwards, California, from left to right are the X-24A, M2-F3 and the HL-10. The lifting body aircraft studied the feasibility of maneuvering and landing an aerodynamic craft designed for reentry from space. These lifting bodies were air launched by a B-52 mother ship, then flew powered by their own rocket engines before making an unpowered approach and landing. They helped validate the concept that a space shuttle could make accurate landings without power.

The X-24A flew from April 17, 1969 to June 4, 1971. The M2-F3 flew from June 2, 1970 until December 22, 1972. The HL-10 flew from December 22, 1966 until July 17, 1970, and logged the highest and fastest records in the lifting body program.

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  • Title: The wingless lifting body aircraft sitting on Rogers Dry Lake at what is.
  • Creator: NASA
  • Date Created: 1969-12-18
  • Location: Edwards, CA, USA
  • Owner: AFRC
  • Album: mgmurph1
  • About Title: To help you find images you’re searching for, previously untitled images have been labelled automatically.

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