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Skunk Works Projects

Here are the planes that were developed by the original Lockheed Skunk Works

Year
Project
 
Men
Time
1943
 
XP80 Prototype 1st US jet. Whittle jet engine in completely new plane. 502mph, 1 built
 
23  hand-picked engineers, 6 days/wk, 10 hrs/day
143 days from order to first flight (Target was 180 days)
1944
YP80A Larger version of XP80, with GE jet engine, 2 built, Mach 0.85 Tech problems and crashes delayed entry until after WWII. Became F80 Shooting Star, 6000 built @$100,000 each
   
132 days from order to first flight
1952
F104 Starfighter, Mach2
Entered service Feb 1958 (6 yrs after start) 2500 built @$1.7m ea. But several crashes esp. with the Luftwaffe
   
Design concepts 9 months. Proto design & build 12 months to 1st flight
1953/4
U-2 Spyplane for the CIA
70,000 ft. new wings on F104 fuselage. 20 planes for $22m. Entered service 1957
 
25 engineers, 81 technicians
8 months to 1st flight (Aug 55)
1957
A12 Blackbird, Mach3 95000 ft. 30 Jan 60 contract to build 12. Entered service 1967
   
1957-60 concepts
1st flight 25 Apr 62 (27 months)
1962
SR71 Blackbird. Follow on from A12, larger with greater range. Entered service 1968
   
Dec 62-Dec 64 (1st Flight)(24 months)
1975
F117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter/Bomber
   
1975-78 Research Nov 78 Jun 81 1st Flight (31 months)
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