Skunk Works

Author: Ben R. Rich
Publisher: Little Brown
ISBN: 0316246948
Release Date: 2014-07-01
Genre: BUSINESS & ECONOMICS

The former head of Lockheed's Skunk Works reveals the now-it-can-be-told story of the secret airplanes and deep black missions that changed the course of history-from U-2 to the Stealth fighter.

Skunk Works

Author: Ben R. Rich
Publisher: Little, Brown
ISBN: 9780316246934
Release Date: 2013-02-26
Genre: History

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.

Skunk Works

Author: Ben R. Rich
Publisher: Back Bay Books
ISBN: 0316743003
Release Date: 1996-02-01
Genre: History

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.

The Projects of Skunk Works

Author: Steve Pace
Publisher: Voyageur Press (MN)
ISBN: 9780760350324
Release Date: 2016-12-01
Genre: History

The stories behind more than 50 secret projects undertaken by the famed Lockheed Martin Skunk Works on behalf of the US Armed Forces, DARPA, and the CIA - all illustrated with official Skunk Works photography and commissioned artworks. Hatched in June 1943 after a special request of the US Army Air Forces to develop a turbojet-powered fighter to counter growing German threats, Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works has gone on to develop remarkable aeronautical and space technologies, including stealth. Some have made it into production, while others never quite made it off drafting boards and computer screens, but proved fascinating nonetheless. This generously illustrated history tackles Skunk Works programs ranging from jet fighters and jet engines to missiles and rockets, helicopters, research aircraft, airships, unmanned aerial vehicles and recon drones, and even the seagoing stealth ship Sea Shadow - more than 50 in all. Author Steve Pace examines the historical context which led government organizations to approach the Skunk Works, as well as the technologies and projects developed there (often on a handshake and unburdened by bureaucracies), and the anecdotes and legends associated with each program. Pace includes official Skunk Works photography of the projects taken both at its headquarters and at test facilities such as Area 51. In addition, commissioned color artworks help further illustrate many of these projects featured herein. In addition to profiling legendary aircraft like the F-80, F-94, F-104, U-2, SR-71, F-117, and F-35, Pace takes on more obscure projects from the past as well as those still to come, such as the hypersonic SR-72 and High Speed Strike Weapon, and even offers a peak into what the future might hold with the proposed TR-X.

Lockheed Martin s Skunk Works

Author: Jay Miller
Publisher: Midland
ISBN: 1857800370
Release Date: 1995
Genre: Transportation

The first and only official history of the worlds most famous advanced aircraft design bureau youve been waiting for! In a major pulling back of the veil of secrecy, official histories of such noteworthy products as the U-2, A-12, D-21, SR-71 and F-117 are finally brought to light, authentically described by the company and the men who designed and built them. Lists all production quantities, serial numbers, build numbers, significant personalities and technical data. Exceptional!

Lockheed Blackbird

Author: Paul F Crickmore
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 9781472815248
Release Date: 2016-11-17
Genre: History

In 1986 Paul Crickmore's first groundbreaking book about the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird was published. At that time, the Cold War was at its height and the SR-71 was an integral element in securing crucial intelligence from all parts of the globe. The highly sensitive nature of its missions couldn't be compromised, and it wasn't until the end of the Cold War that the operational exploits of this incredible aeronautical masterpiece could be openly written about. As time passed has more and more information has come to light, with a vast number of official documents declassified and key military figures able to talk openly about the Blackbird programme. Paul Crickmore has used these updated facts to revise his previous history of one of the world's most iconic aircraft of all time, creating what will surely be considered the definitive, timeless volume about the SR-71 Blackbird.

Area 51 Black Jets

Author: Bill Yenne
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 9780760344262
Release Date: 2014-03-15
Genre: History

"An illustrated history of the U.S. military's development of secret spy aircraft at Groom Lake, a.k.a. Area 51"--

Ignition

Author: John Drury Clark
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
ISBN: 9780813599199
Release Date: 2018-05-23
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

This newly reissued debut book in the Rutgers University Press Classics Imprint is the story of the search for a rocket propellant which could be trusted to take man into space. This search was a hazardous enterprise carried out by rival labs who worked against the known laws of nature, with no guarantee of success or safety. Acclaimed scientist and sci-fi author John Drury Clark writes with irreverent and eyewitness immediacy about the development of the explosive fuels strong enough to negate the relentless restraints of gravity. The resulting volume is as much a memoir as a work of history, sharing a behind-the-scenes view of an enterprise which eventually took men to the moon, missiles to the planets, and satellites to outer space. A classic work in the history of science, and described as “a good book on rocket stuff…that’s a really fun one” by SpaceX founder Elon Musk, readers will want to get their hands on this influential classic, available for the first time in decades.

Radar Man

Author: Edward Lovick Jr.
Publisher: iUniverse
ISBN: 9781450248037
Release Date: 2010-10-07
Genre: Biography & Autobiography

During the 1950s, the United States and the Soviet Union teetered on the brink of nuclear devastation. America’s hope for national security relied solely upon aerial reconnaissance. Radar Man is the fascinating memoir of a physicist who, with his colleagues, developed the stealth technology that eventually created radar-invisible aircraft. Edward Lovick shares a compelling story from the perspective of an enthusiastic scientist that highlights his pioneering experiences in an innovative, secret world as he helped create stealth aircraft such as the A-12 OXCART, SR-71 Blackbird, and F-117 Nighthawk. From the moment in 1957 when Lockheed’s famous aircraft designer Clarence L. 'Kelly' Johnson invited Lovick to join his “Skunk Works,” Lovick details how he helped the CIA eventually perform vital, covert reconnaissance flights over Soviet-held territory during the Cold War, saved Lockheed ADP’s A-12 from cancellation, and provided key design input to the SR-71 and F-117. Lovick’s autobiography describing his career as an engineering physicist in the Skunk Works not only draws attention to the insurmountable challenges that accompanied the task of developing radar-invisible aircraft, but also the importance of the monumental task these young scientists fulfilled—all with the hope of creating a secure future for their beloved country.

Beyond the Horizons

Author: Walter J. Boyne
Publisher: Saint Martin's Griffin
ISBN: 031224438X
Release Date: 1999-11-23
Genre: Business & Economics

Explores the many factors that led Lockheed from near bankruptcy in the 1930s to become one of the most successful and innovative aerospace corporations in the world

Into the Black

Author: Rowland White
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9781501123627
Release Date: 2016-04-19
Genre: History

"Using interviews, NASA oral histories, and recently declassified material, [this book] reveals the dramatic untold story of the first space shuttle and the dedicated people who brought the United States into the next stage of space exploration"--Dust jacket flap.

Managing the Design Factory

Author: Donald Reinertsen
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 9780684839912
Release Date: 1997-10-01
Genre: Business & Economics

Here is the first comprehensive approach to managing design-in-process inventory from the bestselling author of "Developing Products in Half the Time". Donald Reinertsen reveals a transparent system for tracking, measuring, and managing invisible "design-in-process" inventory to achieve lower costs, higher profits, and better processes. 20 line drawings.