Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Drafted into Skunk Works

What an amazing experience for a young engineer
by Bob R.

My first job out of college (I graduated from UCLA in 1960) was with Lockheed in Burbank, California. As an aero engineer, I supported the Electra (Model 288) transport's flight test program. Within about a year, I was "drafted" into Skunk Works, and assigned to Area 51, flight testing the prototype A-12 and YF-12A Mach 3+ aircraft. The aircraft broke several world records while flying out of Edwards Air Force Base.

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