Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

Ben Rich
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Chapter 1, A Promising Start

• Ben Rich, Lockheed chief, was in the Nevada desert in August 1979.

• Marines armed with ground-to-air Hawk missiles were attempting to score a "kill" against Rich's new airplane, an experimental prototype code-named Haven Blue.

• This steal fighter was supposed to be able to evade even the best radar.

• High security was used to test the plane, so most test grounds had no idea how the plane worked.

• No one knew that even the shape of the plane was designed to reflect radar beams.

• The plane was not detected by the radar operator, and the test was a success.

• In 1975 Rich had just been made boss of the Lockheed Skunk Works, one of the most secret facilities in North America during the cold war and a target of the Soviet Union in the event of nuclear war.

• The former chief of the Skunk Works, Kelly Johnson...

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