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#AA-2015   1/72 scale  Northrop M2-F2  First powered Lifting body

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Model Kit Contents (click the image for larger photo)

Model Features

17 resin parts

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clear-resin canopy & Decal

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Span 40 mm

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Length 93 mm

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Unit price: US$32

Shipping charge: US$3.00@

Each model kit contents 1 set of decal. Extra decals can also be ordered.

Extra decal

US$0.2

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Aircraft History and Specification

In 1957, NASA had investigated the problems associated with re-entry from space of missile nose cone. Engineers conceived the lifting body idea that by modifying a cone shape, aerodynamic lift could be produced to fly back from space rather than plunge to the earth. This study led to the design known as the M-2, a "M"odified half-cone, rounded on bottom and flat on top, with twin tail-fins. This configuration allowed lifting body to be landing on a runway rather than parachuting into the ocean. In 1962, NASA built the first lifting prototype, the unpowered M2-F1. With the success of M2-F1 program, NASA signed contract to Northrop to build the M2-F2. The first glide flight was tested in 1966. The following flights had been unqualified success until the 16th flight at Edwards AFB, a control accident took place on landing that resulted in crash and pilot injuries. Northrop disassembled the M2-F2 and repaired to service as the M2-F3. In 1970, U.S. Air Force jointed the program. The Air Force pilot tested several powered flights and made the first supersonic flight in 1971. Over a year later, M2-F3 was completed 27 flights and then retired at the end of 1972.

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Experimental lifting body

To demonstrate ability to maneuver and safely land a wingless vehicle

9ft.8in.

22ft.2in.

9ft.6in.

1x Reaction Motors XLR-11 rocket engine

1064 mph (Mach 1.7)

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Package includes the instruction to scratch-build the M2-F3 optionally!