The Projects of Skunk Works: 75 Years of Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs. By Steve Pace. Minneapolis, MN: Voyageur Press, 2016. Tables. Diagrams. Illustrations. Photographs. Appendices. Bibliography. Index. Pp. 256. $40.00 ISBN: 978-0-7603-5032-4
Steve Pace's coffee-table-size book pays tribute to the aviation creativity of engineers--or more accurately, geniuses--at the Skunk Works. The book's subtitle tells all: 75 Years of Lockheed Martin's Advanced Development Programs (ADP), an organization that focuses primarily on developing military aircraft and associated hardware, such as high-speed strike weapons.
Skunk Works is Pace's thirty-third book about airplanes and, perhaps, his best. His enthusiasm for conceptualizing, building, and flying aircraft is evident on every page. An "insider" at the Skunk Works, he assembled photographs and drawings of the finest quality to complement his history of the ADP. Pace passed away last year several months before the book's release.
"About eighty percent of the group's work is classified," Rob Weiss, Vice President and General Manager of the Skunk Works, said. "The other twenty percent we can talk about." Despite such restrictions, Pace managed to explain each project to its limit, thereby including recently declassified information. In all, he covers over 50 of the myriad projects that have come out of the...