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  • Keeping the SR-71 Blackbird (the World's First Stealth Plane) Secret Was Near Impossible

    10/06/2016 7:37:27 AM PDT · by DUMBGRUNT · 33 replies
    The national interest ^ | 5 Oct 2016 | Robert Beckhusen
    Then disaster struck. On May 24, an A-12 stalled, went into an unrecoverable spin and crashed during a test flight in Utah. Fortunately, pilot Kenneth Collins ejected and survived. Even in remote Utah, it’s hard to hide a crash. A local deputy witnessed the incident and a vacationing family snapped away with a camera. The CIA promptly seized their photographs and paid $25,000 each to the deputy and the family to keep quiet, according to a 2010 story in the Seattle Times. The Blackbird wouldn’t stay officially secret for much longer. Pres. Lyndon Johnson would run for election in 1964,...
  • NASA plans supersonic passenger jet

    03/01/2016 11:32:47 AM PST · by sparklite2 · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | March 01, 2016
    On Monday, NASA revealed a project as part of its newly-introduced New Aviation Horizons initiative that awarded Lockheed Martin a $20 million contract over the next 17 months to create a jet that uses quiet supersonic technology (QueSST). It is the first in a series of ‘X-planes’ for the initiative. NASA said it conducted studies across the country to learn more about acceptable sound levels. The finished product will fly at supersonic speeds, and create a "heartbeat" in place of the disruptive "boom" that is currently associated with supersonic flight.
  • After A Fiery Speech, A Top-Secret Job Offer In The Desert

    05/10/2015 8:33:26 PM PDT · by EveningStar · 15 replies
    NPR ^ | May 10, 2015 | Daniel Hajek
    ... Easter had a top-secret job offer. If Moseley accepted, he would have to commit for four years, he couldn't tell anyone about the job and he would have to accept the job before knowing what it was. "And he said, 'You've got 30 seconds and if you don't say yes, this conversation never happened.' Well, that was just too intriguing to turn down," Moseley says. "So I said, 'Absolutely.' And he'd given me a telephone number and an intersection." ...
  • Here's why Lockheed is pulling the curtain back on Skunk Works

    02/23/2015 4:09:45 PM PST · by ckilmer · 35 replies
    Washington Business Journal ^ | Feb 23, 2015, 2:25pm EST | Jill R. Aitoro
    Sponsored by: FedBiz Daily Here's why Lockheed is pulling the curtain back on Skunk Works Feb 23, 2015, 2:25pm EST Updated: Feb 23, 2015, 4:40pm EST   Enlarge Photo   The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is one program that emerged from Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Skunk Works, which has pulled back the curtain in an effort to attract talent and get credit for contributions to defense and aerospace.   15 photos Home of the DaySponsor Listing Jill R. AitoroSenior Staff Reporter- Washington Business JournalEmail  |  Twitter  |  LinkedIn Lockheed Martin Corp.'s Advanced Development Programs group, better known as Skunk Works,...
  • Lockheed Martin makes fusion breakthrough

    Hidden away in the secret depths of the Skunk Works, a Lockheed Martin research team has been working quietly on a nuclear energy concept they believe has the potential to meet, if not eventually decrease, the world’s insatiable demand for power. Dubbed the compact fusion reactor (CFR), the device is conceptually safer, cleaner and more powerful than much larger, current nuclear systems that rely on fission, the process of splitting atoms to release energy. Crucially, by being “compact,” Lockheed believes its scalable concept will also be small and practical enough for applications ranging from interplanetary spacecraft and commercial ships to...
  • GROOM LAKE - AREA 51 A-12 ARCHANGEL CIA PROJECT OXCART HOW THEY GOT HERE

    04/28/2013 9:57:34 AM PDT · by tje · 13 replies
    Roadrunners Internationale ^ | Not Dated | Frank Murray
    This piece of the History of the Lockheed A-12 is dedicated to the memory of Dorsey G. Kammerer. Dorsey was a part of the Lockheed SkunkWorks from its inception. He was an "inside" man on the team that built the P-38 Lightning, the P-80 Shooting Star, the F-104 Starfighter, the U-2 Angel and the A-12 Archangel and the other versions, the YF-12 and the SR-71. Dorsey that had the foresight to save the photos that help document this story. Dorsey's family found these gems and made them available for this story. This story has never really been told in much...
  • Aviation Week outs successor to SR 71 "BlackBird" . This one can do Mach 6 and is armed...!

    11/01/2013 4:22:41 PM PDT · by njslim · 112 replies
    Aviation Week's Guy Norris has an exclusive article on the successor for the Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird, the legendary spy plane that may be the favorite of every airplane nerd in the world. The hypersonic SR-72 is the first aircraft that can fit perfectly in Star Wars or Galactica, a true space age ship.
  • ONLINE SR71 BOOK

    book Flying the Worlds Fastest Jet http://www.mainewomensrugby.com/cwaltham/143352475-Sled-Driver-v2.pdf This book is one man's view of what it was like to fly the world's fastest jet.
  • Top Secret Tombs: The Classified Stealth Aircraft Burial Grounds of Area 51

    01/09/2013 7:41:15 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 34 replies
    Urban Ghosts ^ | January 3rd, 2013 | Tom
    Top Secret Tombs: The Classified Stealth Aircraft Burial Grounds of Area 51 Top secret aircraft, even those that have been publicly disclosed, remain mysterious long after emerging from the black world. When – and if – secret planes are declassified, they’re treated differently from other military aircraft, and the specifics of their hardware may remain under wraps for decades. While some ultimately go to museums, others are placed into storage well away from prying eyes, awaiting a fate that may take years to arrive. One such fate that has befallen crashed, retired or failed projects over the decades is burial....
  • How To Fly A U-2 Spy Plane (Declassified Flight Manual for Secret Reconnaissance Aircraft)

    01/08/2013 3:17:20 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 21 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | Jan 8, 2013 | Jason Torchinsky
    How To Fly A U-2 Spy Plane Got your eye on a sweet used '59 U-2 spy plane you saw on Craigslist? Would you go ahead and take the plunge if you just, you know, knew how to fly it? Then boy, are you in luck. That's because a couple days ago an entire flight manual for the U-2 from 1959 was declassified and released by the CIA. You can tell it's declassified because on each page where the word "secret" appears, someone has carefully drawn a line through it. We've got a copy here for you. The U-2 is,...
  • An SR-71 Blackbird Tail Fin Is For Sale On eBay For $1 Million

    06/02/2012 6:42:00 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 35 replies
    Jalopnik ^ | June 1, 2012 | Benjamin Preston
    An SR-71 Blackbird Tail Fin Is For Sale On eBay For $1 Million A tail rudder from the fastest airplane in the world could be yours — for a cool $1 million. The seller didn't say if it was a spare part, or if it was once part of a functioning SR-71 Blackbird, which is an important distinction given the cost. When it debuted in 1964, the SR-71 Blackbird — the mean looking surveillance aircraft that cruised high above the Soviet Union at speeds of up to mach 3.5 — cost the U.S. Air Force $34 million per air frame....
  • How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business

    04/24/2012 6:41:06 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 38 replies
    GIZMODO ^ | Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor USAF (ret.)
    How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How Lockheed’s Skunk Works Got into the Stealth Fighter Business How do you hide an airplane behind a bird? Very skillfully. Lt. Col. William B. O'Connor (ret.) flew the F-117 Nighthawk during the Bosnia Conflict, and in Stealth Fighter, he explains the history, operation, and soul America's most advanced stealth jet. While the United States had never embraced a defensive mindset and had only fielded one strategic SAM system to that point, the Nike-Hercules dating from the 1950s, and one real medium-range tactical system, the HAWK (homing all the way...
  • The 'Beast of Kandahar' Stealth Aircraft Quietly Resurfaces in New Pics

    01/25/2011 10:52:17 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 17 replies
    Popular Science ^ | 1/25/2011 | Clay Dillow
    All of a sudden it was there, but then like any good stealth aircraft it vanished. Now the “Beast of Kandahar” has resurfaced in new photos, spurring aviation and defense wonks to once again speculate about the function and purpose of such a stealthy-looking unmanned aerial system. The Beast, also known as the Lockheed Martin RQ-170 Sentinel, first appeared in 2009 in the skies over Kandahar in Afghanistan. It was later revealed to be a product of Lockheed’s Skunk Works and property of the U.S. Air Force, but that’s about all that was revealed. What the RQ-170 is designed to...
  • Lockheed Skunk Works To Get New Chief

    12/03/2010 9:29:07 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 13 replies · 2+ views
    Aviation Week and Space Technology ^ | 12/3/2010 | Amy Butler
    Lockheed Martin Skunk Works — known for its revolutionary technology work in building the SR-71, F-117 and F-35 — will have a new vice president and general manager. Frank Cappuccio, the unit’s longtime head, is stepping down in June. He led the company’s successful Joint Strike Fighter competition win over Boeing. Al Romig, deputy vice president and deputy director of the Sandia National Laboratories, will join Skunk Works in January and take over from Cappuccio later in the year. Romig’s work at Sandia began in 1979, and he has established strong relationships with customers in the U.S. Energy Department. During...
  • Head Skunk

    02/01/2010 8:13:08 PM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 7 replies · 678+ views
    Smithsonian Air and Space Magazine ^ | 3/01/2010 | Peter Garrison
    The name of the super-secret project was Suntan. It was to be the ultimate reconnaissance airplane, flying so high and so fast—it was to cruise above 100,000 feet at Mach 2—that detection would be unlikely and interception impossible. But it also would have been a giant winged thermos bottle, with a fuel tank full of liquid hydrogen at –400 degrees Fahrenheit and its outer skin baking at 350 degrees or more. A proposed hydrogen liquefaction plant dedicated to producing fuel for several of the airplanes would have sucked up 10 percent of the natural gas supply of Los Angeles in...
  • USAF Confirms New Secret Stealth Plane

    12/04/2009 3:46:26 PM PST · by Reaganesque · 89 replies · 5,310+ views
    Gizmodo.com ^ | 12/04/09 | Jesus Diaz
    The existence of a new secret plane photographed this week has been confirmed by the United States Air Force. The secret aircraft now has an official denomination: The RQ-170 Sentinel, a flying wing developed by Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works. The RQ-170 is a stealthy unmanned aircraft designed to "provide reconnaissance and surveillance support to forward deployed combat forces." It's flown by the 30th Reconnaissance Squadron at Tonopah Test Range, Nevada, under the Air Combat Command's 432d Wing at Creech Air Force Base, Nevada. The aircraft has a 65-foot wingspan, with a fat body and a blended wing design. It's...
  • SMU to open engineering lab modeled after Skunk Works

    10/18/2008 11:03:21 AM PDT · by Dysart · 3 replies · 390+ views
    FWST ^ | 10-18-08 | GENE TRAINOR
    DALLAS — Southern Methodist University will open an engineering laboratory that will be modeled after a Lockheed Martin research center considered among the most innovative in the world.SMU’s Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Lab will open in December 2009 and will draw heavily from the management style forged by the defense contractor. Lockheed’s Skunk Works plant in Palmdale, Calif., develops the nation’s fastest, most versatile military jets and systems. Skunk Works also has offices in Fort Worth, where Lockheed builds fighter jets. "Every groundbreaking technology that has produced an aircraft for the military has been thought about, tested and delivered by...
  • Boeing, Skunk Works to partner on bomber project

    01/26/2008 1:39:15 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 32 replies · 560+ views
    Valley Press ^ | Saturday, January 26, 2008 | JIM SKEEN
    PALMDALE - Lockheed Martin Corp. and Boeing Co. announced Friday that they will partner to pursue the Air Force's proposed Next Generation bomber, an effort that will include work in Palmdale. Representatives of the two companies said they will partner to perform studies and system development efforts in anticipation of the Air Force's moving forward with the program in the 2010 budget, with an eye toward flying the aircraft as early as 2018. The collaboration will include work in advanced sensors and future electronic warfare solutions, including advancements in network-enabled battle management, command and control, and virtual warfare simulation and...
  • History of SR71Blackbird Losses

    12/02/2006 12:52:53 PM PST · by amakua · 105 replies · 4,936+ views
    Lots of SR71 aircraft pictures with brief discriptions of various accidents that occured over the life span of the aircraft.
  • The Top-Secret Warplanes of Area 51

    09/09/2006 8:32:23 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 33 replies · 26,272+ views
    Popular Science ^ | October 2006 | Bill Sweetman
    Stealth jets? Hypersonic bombers? What's really being developed at the military's most famous classified base? On a trip to las vegas in 2004, observing from my east-facing hotel room in the pyramidal Luxor Hotel at daybreak, I watched a fleet of six unmarked 737s make commuter flights to nowhere. These aircraft depart every weekday morning from a tidy, anonymous terminal on the western side of McCarran International Airport. A long line of cars pours into a 1,600-spot parking lot as the jets pull away from the terminal, taxi to the runways, and head out into the desert sky. At the...