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Tyler Davis 6th Book Report on Skunk Works A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed The book I read was titled Skunk Works A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed Ben Rich the head of the Skunk Works program wrote the book with help from Leo Janos The publishing company is Little Brown Company based in Canada This book had much to do with economics since it was dealing with top-secret airplanes that were funded by the federal reserves which in turn came back to taxes paid by inhabitants of the United States This book deals with the personal experience of the head of Lockheed Martins Skunk Works facility located in Burbank California Skunk Works is a highly classified facility that has produced many famous and important airplanes such as the U-2 a spy plane that can reach altitudes above 70000 ft The U-2 was especially helpful during the Cold War to spy on the Russians Skunk Works also created the SR-71 Blackbird the fastest airplane known to the civilian community This reconnaissance airplane can reach Mach 3 2000 mph and has a ceiling of more that 80000 ft This is so high and so fast that the titanium shell of the airplane can stretch more the one-foot by heat The least visible by radar airplane ever made was also created at Skunk Works With a radar cross-section the size of a marble the F-117 Nighthawk proved to be the most practical airplane in the Gulf War Without these airplanes that were produced by Lockheed Martins Skunk Works the US may not be in the position of the world that it is in today This book was excellently written and even though a difficult subject to write about with all the technical aspects this book was very easy to read It also tells of a personal behind-the-scenes experience that could not be shown with just a person researching the
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