Skunk Works Projects

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

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)
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
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
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)
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)
SR71 Blackbird. Follow on from A12, larger with greater range. Entered service 1968
Dec 62-Dec 64 (1st Flight)(24 months)
F117 Nighthawk Stealth Fighter/Bomber
1975-78 Research Nov 78 Jun 81 1st Flight (31 months)
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