Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed by Ben Rich

(New York: Back Bay, 1996), 372

  • U-2 fuel caused a national bug spray shortage
  • the Russians supplied titanium for the SR-71
  • they aimed to be 80% correct in their calculations instead of perfect, which saved on schedule and overruns
  • about business school: “2/3 of HBS is BS”
  • his counter offer from Kelly Johnson when Northrop recruited him
  • Kelly: “don’t build an airplane you don’t believe in; don’t prostitute yourself for bucks”
  • a Skunk Works type organization needs generalists who are open to non-conventional approaches
  • SR-71 was originally called the RS-71