Thursday, May 10, 2012

M2-F2, the 6-Million Dollar Man, and the M2-F3

Air and Space has an article entitled, A Crash Made Famous on TV. Every child of the 70's remembers the opening scene from the show The Six Million Dollar Man showing Steve Austin crashing.and setting him up for bionic fame  [video clip]. The video clip was the actual crash of NASA's M2-F2 lifting body. On May 10, 1967, pilot  Bruce Peterson survived the actual crash (but received no bionic implants). They didn't make Bruce better, but they did rebuild the M2-F2 as the M2-F3.  Photos from the NASA History Office follow...