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Any well written history books about the infamous Skunk Works?

 
 
Reply Tue 22 Sep, 2009 12:00 am
Any noteworthy and credible (no conspiracy authors please) history books about the infamous Lockheed Martin Skunk Works?

Its the place where the SR-71 Blackbird, F-117 Nighthawk (the stealth bomber), and the Lockheed Martin Desert Hawk were engineered.

Take a look at this bugger of a plane ... http://www.lockheedmartin.com/how/stories/cormorant.html?!
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Reply Tue 22 Sep, 2009 12:10 am
@tsarstepan,
this looks promising
http://www.amazon.com/Lockheed-Martins-Skunk-Works-Official/dp/1857800370
tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 22 Sep, 2009 12:28 am
@hawkeye10,
Thanks for the link but I just worry that your suggestion is just an overextended public relations brochure rather then a well written, well researched history book from a relatively neutral third party author. Much of the juicy details cut out from self censorship. It is a for profit organization working for the military industrial complex and they're not going to cite many of their failing products. Might drive down their stock prices.
hawkeye10
 
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Reply Tue 22 Sep, 2009 12:41 am
@tsarstepan,
Amazon works pretty good to find books, and in my experience the reviews have been helpful.

don't want official, maybe this then
http://www.amazon.com/Skunk-Works-Personal-Memoir-Lockheed/dp/0316743003

Anyway, look around Amazon and then google promising books as well as the authors. If the first two pages of the search have no negative reviews or comments then chances are that it is a good book.
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tsarstepan
 
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Reply Tue 26 Jul, 2016 01:28 pm
@tsarstepan,
Apparently this coffee table book is coming out on the subject...
The Projects of Skunk Works: 75 Years of Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs
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Roser024
 
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Reply Wed 19 Jul, 2017 11:24 pm
Thanks... to this knowledge but i thnk The Air Tactical Service Command (ATSC) of the Army Air Force met with Lockheed Aircraft Corporation to express its need for a jet fighter. A rapidly growing German jet threat gave Lockheed an opportunity to develop an airframe around the most powerful jet engine that the allied forces had access to, the British Goblin. Lockheed was chosen to develop the jet because of its past interest in jet development and its previous contracts with the Air Force. One month after the ATSC and Lockheed meeting, the young engineer Clarence L. “Kelly” Johnson and other associate engineers hand delivered the initial XP-80 proposal to the ATSC. Two days later the go-ahead was given to Lockheed to start development and the Skunk Works was born, with Kelly Johnson at the helm.
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