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Space History Photo: Dale Reed with Model in Front of M2-F1

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Dale Reed, the engineer who created the M2-F1 and other model research testing bodies, stands with the model and the full scale M2-F1. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency, Engineer Dale Reed holds a model of the M2-F1 Lifting Body aircraft with the full scale version directly behind him in March of 1967.

In support of the M2 lifting body program in the early 1960s, Dale Reed had built a number of small lifting body shapes and drop tested them from a radio controlled mothership.

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