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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User Review  - mldavis2 - LibraryThing

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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User Review  - EmreSevinc - LibraryThing

This is the book that every engineer should read, the sooner the better. And by engineers I also mean engineers who manage engineering departments that are focused on advanced Research & Development ... 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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