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    Skunk Works (Paperback) By (author) Ben R. Rich, By (author) Leo Janos

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    DescriptionSKUNK 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.


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    Title
    Skunk Works
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ben R. Rich, By (author) Leo Janos
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 110 mm
    Height: 178 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 238 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780751515039
    ISBN 10: 0751515035
    Classifications

    BIC E4L: BIO
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T18.3
    LC subject heading:
    BIC subject category V2: JWG, BT
    LC subject heading:
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 11000
    LC subject heading:
    BISAC V2.8: POL000000
    DC20: 338.76237460973
    LC subject heading:
    Thema V1.0: JWCM, DNX
    Illustrations note
    Section: 8, b&w
    Publisher
    Little, Brown Book Group
    Imprint name
    Sphere
    Publication date
    10 August 1995
    Publication City/Country
    London
    Review quote
    Dynamite - the true story of one of America's crown jewels! Tom Clancy
    Review text
    A top-flight aerospace engineer's engrossing reminiscences of an eventful career in the service of the CIA and US military at the height of the Cold War. With a graceful assist from Janos (co-author of Chuck Yeager's best-selling 1985 autobiography, not reviewed), Rich offers an episodic (probably vetted) account of his nearly 40 years with Lockheed's Advanced Development Projects, an ultrasecret operation better known as the Skunk Works (a name borrowed from the Dogpatch still in A1 Capp's "L'il Abner" comic strip). During his apprenticeship, the author (who headed ADP from 1975 until his retirement at 65 in 1990) helped design, build, test, and launch the U-2 and the SR-71 Blackbird, America's enviably successful spy planes. On his watch, the Skunk Works produced the first jet fighter-bomber to employ stealth technology, the oddly configured F-117A, which earned its wings in the unfriendly skies above the Persian Gulf. In addition to Rich's own recital, the text includes commentary from colleagues, intelligence agents, Pentagon brass, test pilots, and others, which puts the narrator's knack for advancing the state of the aerospace art into clearer perspective. While he accentuates the positive, the author does not shy from recalling certain of his unit's turkeys, including a remote-controlled reconnaissance drone that seldom returned from missions over enemy territory; an aircraft fueled by liquid hydrogen (whose explosive power could have blown its users to bits); and a stealth picket ship (eventually sunk by the Navy's missile frigate lobby). Nor does Rich fail to settle old scores with, among others, pols more concerned with their next election than national security. Not one to hold a grudge, however, he closes with some uncommonly sensible suggestions on how US taxpayers could get more bang for their procurement buck in the parlous times ahead. An insider's accessible, informative take on what's needed to get futuristic hardware to contemporary flight lines and launching pads. (Kirkus Reviews)