Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From the development of the U-2 to the Stealth fighter, the never-before-told story behind America's high-stakes quest to dominate the skies. Skunk Works is the true story of America's most secret and successful aerospace operation. As recounted by Ben Rich, the operation's brilliant boss for nearly two decades, the chronicle of Lockheed's legendary Skunk Works is a drama of Cold War confrontations and Gulf War air combat, of extraordinary feats of engineering and human achievement against fantastic odds. Here are up-close portraits of the maverick band of scientists and engineers who made the Skunk Works so renowned. Filled with telling personal anecdotes and high adventure, with narratives from the CIA and from air force pilots who flew the many classified, risky missions, this book is a riveting portrait of the most spectacular aviation triumphs of the 20th century.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 8 minutes|
|Author||Ben R. Rich, Leo Janos|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||July 14, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #4,125 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#2 in Air Forces Military History
#3 in Military Intelligence & Espionage
#4 in Aeronautics & Astronautics (Audible Books & Originals)
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It is also a handbook on how high energy strong-willed, technology visionaries like like Steve Jobs, Elon Musk and Lockheed's Kelly Johnson function as managers. The technology evolution is extraordinary and the lessons about managing in a futuristic high tech environment are outstanding.
Chapter 16 on conclusions, is a detailed very specific list of procurement process changes that are necessary If great technology is going to be able to continue to override the political self-interest of individuals in the procurement process.
On page 308 the equation describing the Harvard (HBS) summer certificate programs for technology companies says (2/3 of HBS=BS). But as we know, with two variables, two equations are necessary. The second equation in my personal opinion, having been in the courses, should be (1/3 of HBS=Ag), students must sort the BS from the Ag for themselves.
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I have to comment on the way the book is structured - the events aren't presented in chronological order, but in a confusing series of hops back and forth in time. I'm reasonably certain that this wasn't the author's original intention - I suspect it was the publishers' attempt to jazz up what they thought might be a book of limited interest by pushing some exciting bits of narrative to the front. A shame, really.