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Skunk Works at 75

August 12, 2018

Some 4,000 workers lined up for a slice of cake in the desert heat at Air Force Plant 42 in Palmdale, California, on June 14, celebrating the 75th birthday of the founding of their organization, Lockheed Martin’s “Skunk Works” advanced development unit. Their numbers are about 33 percent higher than just a few years ago. The secret projects business is booming.

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Skunk Works is an official pseudonym for Lockheed Martin‘s Advanced Development Programs (ADP), formerly called Lockheed Advanced Development Projects. It is responsible for a number of aircraft designs, including the U-2, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird, the Lockheed F-117 NighthawkLockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, and the Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II, which are used in the air forces of several countries.

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