In mid-1964 Northrop was contracted by
the US National Aeronautics and Space
Administration (NASA) to produce two
all-metal wingless lifting-body re-entry
research vehicles, based on experience
gained with the Northrop M2-F1
wooden glider, which made more than
500 flights in 1963-64. The two new vehicles
were designated M2-F2 and
HL-10 and differed in under- and upper-surface
fuselage shapes. First flight of
the M2-F2 as a glider was made on 12
July 1966 when it was dropped from
beneath the wing of a Boeing B-52 at
14235m to make a successful
306km/h landing four
minutes later. The HL-10 made a similar flight on 22 December 1966. First
powered flight using rockets was made
by the HL-10 from a B-52 on 13 November
1968; the M2-F2 was badly damaged
on landing in May 1967 and, subsequently
rebuilt as the M2-F3 made its
first powered flight on 2 June 1970,
attaining Mach 0.8 at 16155m
on three of its four XLR11 rocket
chambers. Later in the programme it
recorded a height of nearly 27430m and speed of Mach 1.7, while
the HL-10 attained Mach 1.9 and a height
in excess of 27430m. When
testing ended in 1973 these aircraft had
provided much information which was
to prove invaluable for NASA's Space
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In the 70's and 80's North American Aircraft tried to have all the engineers go metric. We filed the waste baskets with the conversions and only used english units. Soo can you please also use the english units so we can know the altitude and other english units.
Yes. It was used in the pilot episode and also a season two episode called "The Deadly Replay," where Steve Austin was asked to test fly a rebuilt version. It was called the HL-10 in this episode and the same tail number as in the above photo, "804" was visible on the aircraft throughout filming. Some weird release rights issue keeps SMDM from being released in the US, but a try viewing a few episodes here http://tv.blinkx.com/show/the-six-million-dollar-man/-livxPfDBgfEoitS or ordering the DVD from Australia and watching on a region-free DVD player.
this is the plane utilized in the "six million dollan man" 70'?
Wasn't this the one Steve Austin crashed & was then rebuilt as The 6 Million Dollar Man?
Do you have any comments about this aircraft ?