Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed

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Little, Brown, Feb 1, 1996 - History - 400 pages
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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.

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The actual writing style is fluid and easy to read. - Goodreads
Interesting insight into a secret design group. - Goodreads
This book is a fantastic page turner! - Goodreads
Very interesting overview of Lockheed Martin as well! - Goodreads

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User Review  - Prasanna - Goodreads

All in all, I found this book to be fairly self-congratulatory and had mixed feelings about the writing style. Ben tends to start the chapters with a start of a story which then descends into sporadic ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kariuki Njiru - Goodreads

"I told him the story of the kid who proudly tells his father that he saved a quarter by running alongside a bus rather than taking it. The father slapped the kid on the head for not running next to a ... Read full review

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Ben Rich headed the Skunk Works from 1975 until he retired in 1991. He died in 1995. Leo Janus is the author of Yeager, the acclaimed bestselling autobiography of test pilot Chuck Yeager.

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