SKUNK WORKS is the true story, told for the first time, of America s most secret and successful aerospace operation As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation s brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the story of Lockheed s legendary Skunk Works is a high stakes drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds SKUNK WORKS is dramatic and immediate Direct from the cockpits of these astonishing aircraft U 2 spy plane, SR 71 Blackbird and F 117 Stealth Fighter It is a tribute to genius in the unrelenting contest for mastery of the skies....
|Title||:||Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed|
|Number of Pages||:||590 Pages|
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Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed Reviews
A fabulous accounting of, not only the development of the F-117 Stealth fighter, but also the extensive history and details surrounding the U-2 high Altitude photo recon flyer, as well as the SR-71 Blackbird. Lots of anecdotes, as well as personal observations by actual pilots and high government officials, regarding the efficacy and impact of these revolutionary aircraft. If you have any interest in the behind-the-scenes development of bleeding-edge technology, this book is a gem. I read it when it first came out, and finally realized I could no longer locate my original copy, so, I purchased this replacement. It was everything I remembered. Contains some good black and white photos, as well as enough numbers to be impressive. (SR-71 on it's final Record-setting flight, covered the entire the continental US with a single, continuous, sonic boom).
Mr. Rich gives a unique perspective on the legendary Lockheed Martin Skunkworks and it's equally legendary manager. From the narrative you get a really good feel for the culture of the place and why it was so successful. My goal in reading this book was to get practical tips for building successful teams and I think I got some ideas:
SO. GOOD. As an engineer, I found this book to be fascinating. It's basically a narrative about several skunk works projects like the U-2 and F117 interspersed with tons of insane and interesting side stories by people involved (mostly test pilots).
I read this book when it first came out in the mid 90's. I was in my early teens & couldn't put the book down. I am now in my mid 30's & I still love reading it. My father owns the copy I first read & loves reading it over & over as well. The book is an easy read. Ben Rick & Leo Janos keep the reader enthralled with a well written & intriguing true story of one of America's best de-classified military developments during my lifespan.
"Skunk Works" is the popular moniker of Lockheed Martin's top, top secret aircraft aircraft program for the US government. This book is written by the second director of this program, Ben Rich. The book's primary focus is the U-2, F-117A, and last but not least the SR-71. A ship for the Navy, and a drone program are briefly covered also. Ben Rich is credited for developing and building "stealth" into military assets. Primarily aircraft. After Francis Gary Powers was shot down piloting a U-2 over Soviet Russia, it quickly became apparent that a faster, higher flying and stealthy aircraft was needed. Hence the SR-71. It can travel in the atmosphere at a height of nearly 90,000 feet. It can cruise at well over Mach 3, and has a Radar profile of about a ball-bearing (thus "Stealthy"). This book is fascinating and gives you a first-person account of these extraordinary aircraft. The F-117 flew over the center of Baghdad, without fighter escorts; and dropped 2,000 lb. bombs during the Iraq war. The U-2 is the only one out of the three that is still flying missions. As a matter of fact, a U-2 just recently crashed in California.
I had no idea of how far the sacrifices that were made went to gain an awareness of enemy plans during The Cold War. The challenges this team took on to come up with and implement near-impossible inventions to stay on the bleeding edge of surveillance boggles the mind. From 10w-400 oil, cameras that can resolve license plates at high altitudes, fabricating your own titanium screws, variable intake ramjet engine nacelles, zero radar signature cross-section airframes, and on and on. We have a SR-71 blackbird in the Evergreen Aviation museum not too far from where I live. I have walked around it a several times. It's just mind boggling to be in it's presence. Hats off to real innovation. When I read this book, I feel that anything is possible sometimes if you can just conceive of it and persist. Highly recommended.