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  • Kevin Smith

    Northrop HL 10, used to do flight research on aircraft design for unpowered reentry from space, utilizing the speed of falling to create lift for the controlled flight of the spacecraft. Overhead is a B-52 Bomber.

  • Ceri Yorath

    Northrop HL10

  • Bertrand Lachèze

    Pilot Bill Dana looks up as the B-52 "mothership" cruises over NASA's HL-10 "lifting body" on Muroc Dry Lake, California, in 1969.

  • Jason Rhian

    NASA research pilot Bill Dana takes a moment to watch NASA's NB-52B cruise overhead after a research flight in the HL-10 in this photo from ...

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I want to finish getting my pilots license.