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The Original Skunk Works

The Original Skunk Works

Long before Agile and Lean became buzzwords, a scrappy group of aerospace engineers at Lockheed's Skunk Works were using similar practices to produce some of the most amazing aircraft ever built. The famous U-2 spy plane, the SR-71 Blackbird, and the F-117A Stealth Fighter are among the incredible planes the engineers at Skunk Works produced under impossibly tight deadlines and very limited budgets.

What can we learn from the stories of these amazing planes and the engineers who built them? Let's go back to our roots and get some tips on our own processes from some of the original experts.

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Nickolas Means

May 04, 2016
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  1. Skunk Works The Original Nickolas Means @nmeans http://nickol.as/

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  7. Clarence "Kelly" Johnson

  8. Lockheed P-38 Lightning

  9. Messerschmitt Me 262

  10. DeHavilland H.1B Goblin

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  12. * Not the actual Skunk Works circus tent.

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  15. Lockheed XP-80

  16. Lockheed P-80 Shooting Star

  17. Yalta Conference, February 1945

  18. Kapustin Yar, USSR

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  20. Lockheed F-104 Starfighter

  21. Lockheed U-2

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  29. Lockheed U-2S

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  33. Lockheed A-12

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  42. Sustained Altitude: 85,069 feet July 28, 1976

  43. Sustained Speed: 2193.2 mph July 28, 1976

  44. .22 Rifle Bullet: 2046 mph SR-71 Blackbird: 2193 mph

  45. Concorde: 2:52 SR-71 Blackbird: 1:55 New York to London

  46. SR-71 Blackbird: 1:04 Los Angeles to Washington

  47. Your Car: 5:16:00 SR-71 Blackbird: 0:08:32 St. Louis to Cincinatti

  48. Kelly Johnson

  49. Ben Rich

  50. Lockheed L-1011 Tri-Star

  51. Soviet SA-5 Missile

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  57. Lockheed Have Blue

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  60. Lockheed F-117 Stealth Fighter

  61. Lockheed F117-A Stealth Fighter

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  64. F-117 Stealth Fighter Have Blue

  65. A-12 Blackbird SR-71 Blackbird

  66. Use a small number of good people.

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  69. The the decision lies with whoever is on the spot.

  70. A very simple drawing and drawing release system with great

    flexibility for making changes must be provided.
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  72. There shall be but one object – to get a

    good airplane built on time.
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  76. Lockheed F-117 Stealth Fighter

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  78. Skunk Works The Original Nickolas Means @nmeans http://nickol.as/