• Short Summary

    The experimental wingless M2F2 aircraft of the United States National Space Agency crashed on landing Wednesday afternoon (10 April) at Edwards Air Force Base in California.

  • Description


    CU Pilot in cockpit of plane on ground
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    MS Experimental plane M-2
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    MLS Tail section of plane
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    MS Experimental plane on runway
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    ML 2 shots Plane crashing: sof pilot's voice over
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    MLS Plane crashing
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    Initials


    EDITORS NOTE: USE SOUND ONLY OF PILOT AND AIRBASE TOWER COORDINATOR
    THE VOICE OF THE PILOT TALKING BY RADIO TO THE TOWER IS ON OUR FILM.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: The experimental wingless M2F2 aircraft of the United States National Space Agency crashed on landing Wednesday afternoon (10 April) at Edwards Air Force Base in California. The civilian pilot, Bruce Paterson, 33, was injured but was reported to be recovering later at March Air Force Base hospital where he was taken by helicopter.

    The M2F2 is a flatiron-shaped vehicle, actually called a lifting body rather than an airplane. It is wingless spacecraft, designed to re-enter the earth's atmosphere and make a maneuverable landing. It is the possible forerunner of craft that will "ferry" men and materials back form orbiting space capsules. The lifting body was severely damaged when it crashed during a landing test on a dry lake bed near Edwards Air Force Base.

    N.A.S.A. television cameras photographed the lifting body's descent and crash and the event was recorded on video tape.

    Pilot Paterson said he was distracted by an observation helicopter hovering near the landing zone and also was having some trouble controlling the craft during the final landing approach. He managed to overcome the trouble but was still talking with the control tower about the possibility of hitting the helicopter as the plane crashed. It turned over several times and came to rest on its back. Rescue crews stationed at the scene helped Paterson out of the craft and he was flown by helicopter to Riverside, California, and the hospital.

    The triangular-shaped craft crashed after a routine test flight which began when it was dropped for a B52 "mother" aircraft at 45,000 feet. The flight appeared normal until the landing began.

    A team of N.A.S.A. officials has been appointed to investigate the cause of the crash.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA3BZL51NWKZG9ANAO0C25YJC5N
    Media URN:
    VLVA3BZL51NWKZG9ANAO0C25YJC5N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    11/04/1967
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:02:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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