Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed Audiobook [Free Download by Trial]

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Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years of Lockheed

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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 twentieth century.



  • This audiobook was incredibly hard to listen to, and I ended up giving up after about an hour. It seems like the intended audience for this book is young children in the third grade. The author continuously includes awkward analogies in almost every paragraph to try and make his point. When combined with the narrator's delivery, it feels like a low-budget John Wayne talking to schoolkids about his experiences in constructing a stealth fighter.
  • The narrator had this badass vibe, just like you would imagine one of those tough engineers at Skunk Works. The story itself was absolutely captivating, a thrilling account of the daring adventures and mischief the brilliant engineers from the Greatest Generation got themselves into during the Cold War.
  • I really enjoyed this book. I would have rated it 5 stars for the story, but there are moments when the book delves into technical jargon about production, finance, procurement, and accounting topics, which are important but tend to become a bit dull. Nevertheless, the overall experience of the book was fantastic.