Skunk Works

by Ben R. Rich

Category: History

Book Reviews

  • @dassicity Absolutely loved it. Read it more than 20 years ago, at the very strong recommendation of an ex-girlfriend who worked for Lockheed-Martin. There's rarely a week I don't think of it.Link to Tweet
  • .@michaelbatnick gave me this book a while ago and I just got around to reading it. Highly recommended. It's a fascinating story of how we built some of the most secretive and advanced military airplanes. to Tweet

About Book

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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