Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed
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This is a “behind-the-scenes” look at how the United States’ most successful planes were created. The book explains in simple terms WHY the engineering was so impressive and how a group of motivated men managed to create pl ...more
The author describes the varied events that occurred and projects that were undertaken at Lockheed’s aerospace development wing. The first four chapters are about building the first stealth bomber. Rich tells how the name Skunk Works came about. He describes the U2 project and Blackb ...more
The Skunk Works is a part of the Lockhead Corporation, one of the few major contractors for high-tech defense contracts with the U.S. government- ...more
That said, the author comes across as having a bit of an ego and an outdated notion of how society ought to function. For example, I think the only women mentioned in the book are w ...more
Com ótimos detalhes sobre de onde vieram os planos, como as máquinas se comportavam, situações de testes e pe ...more
Three factors led to the success of Skunk Works.
The first was how the Skunk Works defined its mission: "to develop low cost and rapid prototypes to achieve extremely difficult but specific objectives." The combination of extreme difficulty and extreme specificity is the recipe for innovation.
The second was how it operated with a high degree of autonomy an ...more
Rich does a great job of capturing the spirit of those ...more
I hoped Skunk Works would have the same effect on me, but it didn't. It's not that the book was overly technical, but rather that the author doesn't stop to reflect between technical sections. This got worse as the book went on (the editing was ...more
One thing that bothered me was the timeline that takes place in the book is all over the place. It would have been easier to follow if the even ...more
If you enjoy reading books about cutting edge aerospace this is a solid 3-star book.
If you're like me and enjoy both, you've found a rare gem and I highly recommend you pick up a copy.
Ben Rich had a specific purpose when he wrote the book Skunk Works, and he tells the readers throughout the novel. Rich wants to give readers an inside story to the inner workings of the top-secret facility that developed advanced fighters called the Skunk Works, and he describes the events as he witnessed them. The book is non-fiction, and its entire purpose is to inform and occasionally entertain readers with anecdotes and stories, facts and figures, or even dates and details. The book is tol...more