Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Lockheed's Advanced Development Project has set standards for the aerospace industry for half a century. Under its. From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's. We in the Skunk Works have built the world's first pure stealth fighter, which is . Kelly started the Skunk Works during World War II, had been Lockheed's chief To receive special offers, bonus content, and news about our latest e- books .
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As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama. In July , Clarence 'Kelly' Johnson, then chief research engineer for Lockheed Aircraft Corp., took to the pages of Aviation, the forerunner of. brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of cold war site Book; OverDrive Read; EPUB eBook.
History There are conflicting observations about the birth of Skunk Works. Ben Rich and "Kelly" Johnson set the origin as June in Burbank , California ; they relate essentially the same chronology in their autobiographies. A rapidly growing German jet threat gave Lockheed an opportunity to develop an airframe around the most powerful jet engine that the allied forces had access to, the British Goblin.
Lockheed was chosen to develop the jet because of its past interest in jet development and its previous contracts with the Air Force. Two days later the go-ahead was given to Lockheed to start development and the Skunk Works was born, with Kelly Johnson at the helm. The formal contract for the XP did not arrive at Lockheed until October 16, ; some four months after work had already begun.
This would prove to be a common practice within the Skunk Works. Many times a customer would come to the Skunk Works with a request and on a handshake the project would begin, no contracts in place, no official submittal process.
Kelly Johnson and his Skunk Works team designed and built the XP in only days, seven less than was required.
Bodie, journalist, historian, and Skunk Works engineer from to , wrote that engineering independence, elitism and secrecy of the Skunk Works variety were demonstrated earlier when Lockheed was asked by Lieutenant Benjamin S.
Kelsey later air force brigadier general to build for the United States Army Air Corps a high speed, high altitude fighter to compete with German aircraft. In July , while the rest of Lockheed was busy tooling up to build Hudson reconnaissance bombers to fill a British contract, a small group of engineers was assigned to fabricate the first prototype of what would become the P Lightning.
Kelly Johnson set them apart from the rest of the factory in a walled-off section of one building, off limits to all but those involved directly.
In November , Kelsey gave the unofficial nod to Johnson and the P team to engineer a drop tank system to extend range for the fighter, and they completed the initial research and development without a contract. When the Army Air Forces officially asked for a range extension solution it was ready.
Mary G. Ross , the first Native American female engineer, was among the 40 founding engineers.
Ware, Jr. The first overflight took place on July 4 From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of cold war confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds.
Here are up-close portraits of the maverick band of scientists and engineers who made the Skunk Works so renowned. Filled with telling personal anecdotes and high adventure, with narratives from the CIA and from Air Force pilots who flew the many classified, risky missions, this book is a riveting portrait of the most spectacular aviation triumphs of the twentieth century. Adolf Galland. The Billion Dollar Spy.
David E. Clarence L. Gunship Pilot. Robert F.
Jody Mitic. The Innovators. Walter Isaacson. The Smell of Kerosene: Progressive Management. The Wright Brothers. David McCullough.
Failure Is Not an Option. Gene Kranz. The Right Stuff. Tom Wolfe. The Soul of A New Machine.
Tracy Kidder. The Making of the Atomic Bomb.
Richard Rhodes. Gun Button to Fire: Tom Neil. The Collapsing Empire. John Scalzi. A Higher Call. Adam Makos. Command and Control. Eric Schlosser. Ernest Cline. Babylon's Ashes. James S. Frozen in Time. Mitchell Zuckoff. The War That Ended Peace.
Margaret MacMillan. A Lonely Kind of War. Marshall Harrison.
Elon Musk. Ashlee Vance. Persepolis Rising. Tom Clancy Duty and Honor. Grant Blackwood. Andy Weir.
Tom Clancy True Faith and Allegiance. Mark Greaney. Flash Boys: A Wall Street Revolt. Michael Lewis. Stuka Pilot. Hans Ulrich Rudel. Nemesis Games. Moon Shot: Alan Shepard.
A Higher Loyalty. James Comey. Packing for Mars: The Curious Science of Life in the Void.
Mary Roach. Cibola Burn. No Easy Day. Mark Owen. The Martian.
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Rogue Lawyer. John Grisham. Command Authority. Tom Clancy. Tom Clancy Under Fire. Caliban's War. The 5th Wave. Rick Yancey. An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth. Chris Hadfield. The Whistler. The Consuming Fire.
Lockheed’s Skunk Works to Fill the Engineering Pipeline Ahead of 500 Hires
Panzer Leader. Heinz Guderian. Abaddon's Gate. Yuval Noah Harari. Fire and Fury. Michael Wolff. Mark Manson. Ready Player One.
Rainbow Six. The Forever War. Joe Haldeman. Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies. Jared Diamond.
Threat Vector. Edge of Eternity.The extraordinary difficulty of flying the machines is also described by a number of first hand accounts. How to write a great review.
Author also explains how they tackled the formidable engineering problems presented by each of their cutting-edge airplanes which pushed the limits of powered flight.
Now that the Cold War has ended, its story is uncloaked by former chief Rich, now retired. Joe Haldeman. If you love history of science and engineering stories, this one is great.
He was succeeded by Ben Rich.
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