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Exclusive photographs of once-classified inventions from Lockheed’s famous brain trust

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posted on Aug, 3 2014 @ 04:54 PM
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I was browsing the August additions to Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine and came across this little gem that has a couple of photographs some of you may be interested in seeing...

Secrets of the Skunk Works


When the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works began marking its 70th birthday this year, media specialist Bob Driver dragged an old suitcase into a company director’s office. Opening it, he asked if the contents could finally be shown to the public.

Inside was a 55-year-old model of the A-3, Lockheed’s first try at blending stealth with speed—and a direct predecessor of the triple-sonic A-12 Blackbird. It had been designed by Skunk Works founder Clarence “Kelly” Johnson, and Driver had hidden it away for decades, defying periodic management directives to purge company archives.

The director he approached was Stephen Justice, who runs Advanced Systems Development at Skunk Works. “I treasure that the people here want to protect our history,” says Justice. “Bob recognized the A-3 model as being something special, and important to hold onto.”


The author seems to be an established aviation journalist, I thought this extra bit was worth noting as further informal confirmation of Blackswift and compact fusion reactors...


Today’s Skunk Works employs 3,700 employees at facilities in Palmdale, California, Marietta, Georgia, and Fort Worth, Texas. They are working on over 500 projects, from radar coatings to war games to compact fusion reactors to a Mach 6 spyplane.






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