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Space History Photo: Pilot Milt Thompson and the M2-F2 Lifting Body

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In 1966, Milt Thompson climbs into the M2-F2 lifting body with assistance. (Image credit: NASA.)

In this historical photo from the U.S. space agency,  Jay L. King, Joseph D. Huxman and Orion D. Billeter assist NASA research pilot Milt Thompson (on the ladder) into the cockpit of the M2-F2 lifting body research aircraft at the NASA Flight Research Center (now the Dryden Flight Research Center).

The M2-F2 is attached to a wing pylon under the wing of NASA's B-52 mothership.

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