Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed
This classic history of America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies is "a gripping technothriller in which the technology is real" (New York Times Book Review).
From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, 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.
"Thoroughly engrossing." --Los Angeles Times Book Review
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - buffalogr - LibraryThing
I picked up this book because I thought it might contain some background for part of my Air Force career--it did. Several of the other voices used by the author were people with whom I have worked ... Read full review
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Five stars. Admittedly I am an aviation fan and a scientist so this book kept me captivated throughout. But it covers a lot of ground - an autobiography of Ben Rich and biography of Kelly Johnson of ... Read full review
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Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed
Ben R. Rich,Leo Janos
No preview available - 1995