by W. Leon F.
My career was with Ford Aerospace, which merged with Loral, then sold to Lockheed Martin. But from 1959 to 1961, I worked at Lockheed Burbank when Gary Powers was shot down in his U-2. The Feds then swarmed our plant quizzing everyone in sight about our knowledge of what the Skunk Works was doing. We all knew nothing, but learned later about the SR-71. A couple of years ago, I met a retired SR-71 pilot who said it was fabulous aircraft!