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Beyond the Horizon: The Story of Lockheed (Thomas Dunne Book) Hardcover – September 15, 1998
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From Publishers Weekly
Although less broadly geared than Beyond the Wild Blue, Boyne's latest is remarkable for its depth of research. Boyne, a retired air force colonel and former director of the National Air and Space Museum, leaves scarcely a wingflap unchecked, tracing in painstaking detail the fortunes of the company founded by Lockheed brothers Allan and Malcolm. He shows how the company rode the high tide of WWI-era military aviation, plunged into bankruptcy during the 1930s and eventually emerged as an industry heavyweight. Along the way, Boyne introduces familiar figures and machines: Amelia Earhart and Charles Lindbergh; Lockheed aircraft such as the Vega and the SR-71. One section presents an intriguing portrait of the legendary Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, an engineer who was the force behind the creation of Lockheed's highly secretive Skunk Works plant, which recently produced the stealth bomber. While Johnson was at the helm, the Skunk Works refunded $2 million on the $22-million U-2 project, which actually ran under budget. Elsewhere, Boyne presents marvelous listsAof missile and aircraft specifications and of every test pilot to fly for LockheedAand delves into cutting-edge projects, like reusable launch vehicles and the forthcoming F-22 Raptor, set to be the primary fighter jet of the next century. Aviation enthusiasts will snap up this most thorough record of a dominant force in the defense industry. Photos.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
This historical profile of Lockheed, which gave us the U-2 and SR-71, is truly the story of American aerospace itself. Boyne traces the "family" history of the aviation giant from its 1913 founding by three brothers named Loughead. (LJ
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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Ben R. Rich joined the legendary 'Skunk Works' as a young engineer, worked on some of the most secretive military projects in recent history, and later ended up taking over management of Skunk Works. As a result, perhaps no one else in the world has as much first hand knowledge of these projects, and no one else is better positioned to chronicle some of America's military crown jewels.
It is with interesting first hand accounts from pilots, air force personnel, and highly placed government officials. Rich covers the struggles encountered while building various classified aircraft: the U2, SR-71 BlackBird, the stealth fighter, the stealth boat, among others. He also lightly delves into the darker side of the defense industry: politics, waste, and bureaucracy.
An amazing read, and highly recommended.