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  • 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...

    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.

    book Flying the Worlds Fastest Jet 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 ^ | 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...
  • SR-71 simulator exit ends Blackbird era in Valley

    08/26/2006 6:41:10 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 44 replies · 1,191+ views
    Valley Press on ^ | Monday, August 21, 2006 | ALLISON GATLIN
    The flying days of the SR-71 Blackbird in the Antelope Valley are truly over, as one of the last vestiges of the aircraft's flight tenure in the Valley has departed. The only SR-71 simulator, housed at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base, has been shipped to an aviation museum in Dallas. The simulator came to NASA when the flight test facility took control of three SR-71s when the aircraft were first retired from military service in 1989. Dryden used the aircraft for high-speed flight research, and NASA pilots trained on the simulator. The one-of-a-kind system was...
  • Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works Reveils New High Altitude UAV

    08/04/2006 6:02:52 AM PDT · by MARKUSPRIME · 23 replies · 1,317+ views
    ockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] today unveiled the existence of a new high altitude, unmanned aerial demonstrator to reporters attending the Farnborough International Air Show. The announcement was part of a review of several Skunk Works projects highlighting technologies the company is exploring to enable technology for the future. “This UAV is an effort to better understand the flight dynamics of a tailless unmanned air system in support of our ongoing research and development work for the U.S. Air Force’s future Long Range Strike Program as well as to field the next generation of structural composite concepts,” explained Frank Cappuccio, executive...
  • Skunk Works unveils secret Polecat UAV

    07/24/2006 11:01:48 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 51 replies · 4,361+ views
    Janes ^ | 19 July 2006 | Nick Cook
    The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works revealed on 19 July that it has secretly built and flown a large, high-altitude unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) that has been designed to test a range of new technologies critical to what the company foresees as a ‘third-generation’ of unmanned platforms that will emerge in the US in the next decade. Nicknamed Polecat, the high-altitude flying wing demonstrator was launched in March 2003 with USD27 million of internal Lockheed Martin funding and was completed 18 months later. It did not fly, however, until last year. Its key feature is an advanced laminar flow wing that...
  • The Navy’s Swimming Spy Plane [meet the water-launched unmanned enforcer]

    02/23/2006 12:18:37 PM PST · by aculeus · 67 replies · 2,798+ views
    Popular Science ^ | February 2006 | By Bill Sweetman
    Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works, famed for the U-2 and Blackbird spy planes that flew higher than anything else in the world in their day, is trying for a different altitude record: an airplane that starts and ends its mission 150 feet underwater. The Cormorant, a stealthy, jet-powered, autonomous aircraft that could be outfitted with either short-range weapons or surveillance equipment, is designed to launch out of the Trident missile tubes in some of the U.S. Navy’s gigantic Cold War–era Ohio-class submarines. These formerly nuke-toting subs have become less useful in a military climate evolved to favor surgical strikes over nuclear...
  • Skunk Works' new craft over Plant 42

    02/02/2006 12:35:43 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 60 replies · 4,065+ views
    ALLISON GATLIN ^ | Thursday, February 2, 2006. | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - A mysterious flying craft seen hovering over Air Force Plant 42 Tuesday morning was the latest creation from Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.'s famed Skunk Works on its maiden flight. The blimp-like aircraft, known simply as P791, is a proof-of-principle vehicle to help engineers learn more about technology and aerodynamics for such airships. "Lockheed Martin is testing a small-scale airship as part of an internal research and development effort," Lockheed spokeswoman Dianne Knippel said. The large white airship is shaped somewhat differently from a traditional blimp, with twin torpedo-like sections joined in the center and a cockpit beneath. Four...

    08/24/2005 11:40:27 PM PDT · by rdmartinjd · 15 replies · 688+ views
    Vanguard PAC ^ | 8/25/2005 | Rod D. Martin
    How many problems does it take for “one of the most sophisticated systems ever produced by man” to become just another white elephant? A lot of people have been asking that about the Space Shuttle lately. But the Space Shuttle’s downward spiral started long, long ago. In fact, it started in the Nixon Administration. In the days of triumph which were Apollo, NASA -- still capable of bold vision -- laid out a plan to explore and settle the Solar System. Among its more prominent features were a series of follow-on Moon missions which more resembled Lewis and Clark (or...
  • Lockheed Martin Skunk Works details Morphing UAV progress

    06/21/2005 3:32:19 AM PDT · by Dundee · 22 replies · 2,753+ views
    Paris Air Show: Lockheed Martin Skunk Works details Morphing UAV progress The Lockheed Martin Skunk Works Advanced Development Programs (ADP) 'Morphing' unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) is three weeks away from achieving its first flight, according to Frank Cappuccio, vice-president and general manager of Skunk Works ADP. Morphing technology promises to revolutionise the way UAVs and their combat equivalents, unmanned combat aerial vehicles (UCAVs), integrate combat missions with long-loitering intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) duties. It is also central to ADP's work on the US Navy's (USN's) Multi-Purpose UAV (MPUAV) programme. ADP signed a contract for MPUAV with the Defense Advanced...
  • 'Skunk Works' lands contract

    08/22/2004 9:25:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 600+ views
    Valley Press ^ | on Sunday, August 22, 2004. | ALLISON GATLIN
    Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.'s famed "Skunk Works" has once again been tapped to do what its engineers and designers do best: create imaginative air vehicles capable of previously unheard-of feats. The Palmdale facility, formally called Advanced Development Programs, recently was awarded two separate contracts for developing the technologies to be employed in future high-speed weapons systems. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency singled out a Lockheed Martin-led team for a $8.36 million contract under the FALCON program. This joint DARPA-Air Force program is intended to develop hypersonic flight technologies that may eventually be applied to a future hypersonic bomber, capable...
  • Math students take tough test, get history lesson

    03/13/2004 2:44:51 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 6 replies · 346+ views
    Valley Press ^ | March 13, 2004 | HEATHER LAKE
    LANCASTER - It's all about "thrust" and "drag." That which makes you go, and that which holds you back. Steve Justice, from Lockheed Martin Skunk Works, essentially told more than 100 high school students Friday that the way to get ahead is to minimize drag and use everything they have to succeed. "Don't be bound by the limits of current knowledge," Justice said at the 24th annual Mathematics Field Day at Antelope Valley College. Lockheed Martin Aeronautics jumped on board two years ago in hopes of piquing interest in the fields of engineering and aerospace. Justice, who has been with...
  • Skunk Works' Johnson set team standard

    10/30/2003 6:41:40 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 7 replies · 244+ views
    Valley Press ^ | October 27, 2003. | ALLISON GATLIN
    Legendary aircraft designer Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson was a visionary not only in the exotic aircraft produced by his top-secret "Skunk Works," but in the environment he created to foster such works as the Blackbird family of aircraft. "His way was to be quick, be quiet and be on time," said Rogers Smith, a former NASA research pilot who flew the SR-71. Smith and fellow NASA research pilot Edward Schneider spoke about Johnson and his famed Blackbird at a recent Society of Experimental Test Pilots' symposium in Los Angeles. "Kelly Johnson is my hero," Smith said. "He actually made 'better,...
  • Key dates in Skunk Works history

    08/11/2003 8:46:39 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 13 replies · 444+ views
    Antelope Valley Press ^ | August 11, 2003 | No By-Line
    Sixty years ago, Clarence "Kelly" Johnson pirated an elite group of engineers and mechanics from Lockheed. He forged the team into a separate organization, called Skunk Works, with a mission to develop America's first production jet fighter, the Air Force P-80 Shooting Star. The team developed this quickly, quietly and on time - in 143 days. The origin of the Skunk Works name can be traced back to 1943 - 40 years after the Wright brothers' first flight at Kitty Hawk, N.C. Since developing the Shooting Star, Skunk Works has given shape to many firsts in flight. F-104 Starfighter --...
  • Skunk Works fetes 60th anniversary

    08/11/2003 8:40:05 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies · 400+ views
    Antelope Valley Press ^ | August 11, 2003 | DENNIS ANDERSON
    PALMDALE - Travelers hurrying down Sierra Highway may have noticed the return of a familiar and friendly presence - the mischievous skunk of Lockheed Martin's famed black project workshop, the Skunk Works. He bears a nodding resemblance to the Warner Bros. cartoon character, Pepe LePew, and for decades he couldn't even come out in public. It would be a national security breach to identify yourself as an employee of the Skunk Works. With the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co. officially observing the 60th anniversary of the famed hot project shop inaugurated by Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, the skunk emblem is back up...
  • Skunk Works to research morphing

    02/11/2003 3:23:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 39 replies · 343+ views
    The Antelope Valley Press ^ | Tuesday, February 11, 2003. | ALLISON GATLIN
    PALMDALE - Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Co.'s legendary Skunk Works once again will work to stretch the bounds of aviation and imagination with a $9.3 million contract to development technologies for future aircraft that can change their shape to meet changing flight needs. This morphing aircraft structures program calls for "seamless, aerodynamically efficient, aerial vehicles capable of radical shape change," according to the contract award from the U.S. Air Force.