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M2F2  Lifting Body
M2F2 Lifting Body - M2F2 Lifting Body with F-104 Chase Plane

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Class: Manned. Type: Spaceplane. Nation: USA. Manufacturer: Northrop.

The crashed M2-F2 was rebuilt as the M2-F3 with enlarged vertical stabilizers. Maximum speed achieved was Mach 1.6, top altitude 21,800 m. The final X-30 National Aerospace Plane configuration seemed to owe much to the M2.


Specification

Total Length: 6.8 m. Maximum Diameter: 2.9 m. Total Mass: 3,600 kg. Total Propellants: 1,300 kg. Primary Engine Thrust: 2,700 kgf. Main Engine Propellants: LOX/Alcohol. Total spacecraft delta v: 1,000 m/s. Electrical System: Batteries.


M2-F3 Chronology


02 June 1970 M2 Flight 17 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

First M2-F3 flight. Maximum Speed - 755 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13716 m. Flight Time - 218 sec.


21 July 1970 M2 Flight 18 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 708 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13716 m. Flight Time - 228 sec.


02 November 1970 M2 Flight 19 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 690 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13716 m. Flight Time - 236 sec.


25 November 1970 M2 Flight 20 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.


M2-F3M2-F3

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First powered flight. Maximum Speed - 859 kph. Maximum Altitude - 15819 m. Flight Time - 377 sec.
09 February 1971 M2 Flight 21 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Gentry.

Maximum Speed - 755 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13716 m. Flight Time - 241 sec.


26 February 1971 M2 Flight 22 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 821 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13716 m. Flight Time - 348 sec.


23 July 1971 M2 Flight 23 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 788 kph. Maximum Altitude - 18440 m. Flight Time - 353 sec.


09 August 1971 M2 Flight 24 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 1035 kph. Maximum Altitude - 18898 m. Flight Time - 415 sec.



M2F3 Lifting BodyM2F3 Lifting Body - M2F3 Lifting Body Launch from B-52

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25 August 1971 M2 Flight 25 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

First M2-F3 supersonic flight. Maximum Speed - 1163 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20513 m. Flight Time - 390 sec.


24 September 1971 M2 Flight 26 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 772 kph. Maximum Altitude - 12802 m. Flight Time - 210 sec.


15 November 1971 M2 Flight 27 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Glide flight. Maximum Speed - 784 kph. Maximum Altitude - 13716 m. Flight Time - 215 sec.


01 December 1971 M2 Flight 28 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 1356 kph. Maximum Altitude - 21580 m. Flight Time - 391 sec.


16 December 1971 M2 Flight 29 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.


Lifting BodiesLifting Bodies - Manned Lifting Bodies

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Maximum Speed - 861 kph. Maximum Altitude - 14265 m. Flight Time - 451 sec.
25 July 1972 M2 Flight 30 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 1049 kph. Maximum Altitude - 18562 m. Flight Time - 420 sec.


11 August 1972 M2 Flight 31 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 1168 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20480 m. Flight Time - 375 sec.


24 August 1972 M2 Flight 32 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 1344 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20330 m. Flight Time - 376 sec.


12 September 1972 M2 Flight 33 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 935 kph. Maximum Altitude - 14020 m. Flight Time - 387 sec.



M2F1 Lifting BodyM2F1 Lifting Body - The M2-F1 was the first lifting body configuration tested. This glider was made from plywood. It was later succeeded by the M2-F2 metal version.

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27 September 1972 M2 Flight 34 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 1424 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20330 m. Flight Time - 366.5 sec.


05 October 1972 M2 Flight 35 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Maximum Speed - 1455 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20210 m. Flight Time - 376 sec.


19 October 1972 M2 Flight 36 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Manke.

Maximum Speed - 961 kph. Maximum Altitude - 14360 m. Flight Time - 359 sec.


01 November 1972 M2 Flight 37 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Manke.

Maximum Speed - 1292 kph. Maximum Altitude - 21730 m. Flight Time - 378 sec.


09 November 1972 M2 Flight 38 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Powell.

Maximum Speed - 961 kph. Maximum Altitude - 14260 m. Flight Time - 364 sec.


21 November 1972 M2 Flight 39 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Manke.

Maximum Speed - 1524 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20330 m. Flight Time - 377 sec.


29 November 1972 M2 Flight 40 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Powell.

Maximum Speed - 1432 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20570 m. Flight Time - 357 sec.


06 December 1972 M2 Flight 41 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Powell.

Maximum Speed - 1265 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20820 m. Flight Time - 332 sec.


13 December 1972 M2 Flight 42 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Dana.

Fastest M2-F3 flight. Maximum Speed - 1712 kph. Maximum Altitude - 20330 m. Flight Time - 383 sec.


21 December 1972 M2 Flight 43 Program: NASA Lifting Body. Flight Crew: Manke.

Last M2-F3 flight, also highest. Maximum Speed - 1377 kph. Maximum Altitude - 21790 m. Flight Time - 390 sec.



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