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Skunk Works by Ben R. Rich
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Mar 04, 2012

really liked it

Jeah pretty cool. One of the dudes who ran Lockheed Martin's Skunkworks (an elite company-within-a-company with high resources and autonomy) talks about engineering and delivering innovative airplanes for the military. Uh also he talks about what made the Skunkworks so freakishly successful, able to bring in crazy difficult projects on time and under budget. I'm sure managers love this book.

The Skunkworks delivered the F-117A stealth fighter as well as the U-2 spy plane and the SR-71 Blackbird, which still holds the record for fastest aircraft over 3 decades later. Reading about the challenges they had to overcome with new stealth technology or with the Blackbird (which flies at 2,193.2 mph) was very interesting.

I'd recommend this book if you are a war nerd or if you are interested in how small organizations can produce disproportionately large results.

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