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5 years ago in Burbank, California, engineer Kelly Johnson devised an operational concept so unique it is still celebrated today. As the birthplace of many revolutionary technologies – from America’s first fighter jet to the classified programs of today – Skunk Works® sets the precedent for how our most critical and difficult problems are solved. This podcast brings to light the dark, classified world of the secret Lockheed Martin organization. First-hand accounts and stories passed down from generation to generation within the walls of Skunk Works are made public for the first time. And yes – we’ll talk about compact fusion! Produced by Theresa Hoey and Claire Whitfield Artwork by Becca Smith

5 years ago in Burbank, California, engineer Kelly Johnson devised an operational concept so unique it is still celebrated today. As the birthplace of many revolutionary technologies – from America’s first fighter jet to the classified programs of today – Skunk Works® sets the precedent for how our most critical and difficult problems are solved. This podcast brings to light the dark, classified world of the secret Lockheed Martin organization. First-hand accounts and stories passed down from generation to generation within the walls of Skunk Works are made public for the first time. And yes – we’ll talk about compact fusion! Produced by Theresa Hoey and Claire Whitfield Artwork by Becca Smith
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Location:

Palmdale, California

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5 years ago in Burbank, California, engineer Kelly Johnson devised an operational concept so unique it is still celebrated today. As the birthplace of many revolutionary technologies – from America’s first fighter jet to the classified programs of today – Skunk Works® sets the precedent for how our most critical and difficult problems are solved. This podcast brings to light the dark, classified world of the secret Lockheed Martin organization. First-hand accounts and stories passed down from generation to generation within the walls of Skunk Works are made public for the first time. And yes – we’ll talk about compact fusion! Produced by Theresa Hoey and Claire Whitfield Artwork by Becca Smith

Language:

English

Contact:

661-572-3373


Episodes

Prove It

10/16/2019
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Aircraft design begins with an idea, but you can’t fly an idea. Just as the Wright brothers proved air travel is possible, Skunk Works® engineers must prove the impossible, is possible. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Claire Whitfield & Theresa Hoey Associate Producer Nick Tanaka Artwork by Becca Smith & Francisco Silva Web Content by Kyra Betteridge & Heidi Smith

Duration:00:34:36

Clementine

9/30/2019
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A spy story involving CIA cover stories, the Red Fleet, Skunk Works® engineers, and a famous, eccentric American billionaire. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Claire Whitfield, Theresa Hoey, & Nick Tanaka Artwork by Becca Smith & Francisco Silva Web Content by Kyra Betteridge & Heidi Smith

Duration:00:25:44

Sea Shadow

9/13/2019
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In the 1970s, Skunk Works® stealth technology was proving so successful, that Ben Rich began looking for new potential applications. From this search would arise a program that would allow the United States not only to dominate the air, but the sea. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Claire Whitfield & Theresa Hoey Associate Producer Nick Tanaka Artwork by Becca Smith & Francisco Silva...

Duration:00:30:50

Faster & Faster

8/27/2019
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Skunk Works® is in the business of going fast. More than a mile per second fast. What does it take to fly at hypersonic speeds? For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Claire Whitfield & Theresa Hoey Associate Producer Nick Tanaka Artwork by Becca Smith & Francisco Silva Web Content by Kyra Betteridge & Heidi Smith

Duration:00:29:03

Dutch 51

8/14/2019
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The first pilot to fly the SR-71, a pilot with more flight test hours at Mach 3 than any other, and a protégé of legendary aircraft designer Kelly Johnson – this is his journey that changed the world. His name is Bob Gilliland. For a full transcript of this episode go to https://www.lockheedmartin.com/en-us/who-we-are/business-areas/aeronautics/skunkworks/insideskunkworks.html#s2episode5 Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Claire Whitfield, Theresa Hoey, & Rachel Bartlett...

Duration:00:33:05

Dull, Dirty, Dangerous

7/29/2019
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In 1962, Kelly Johnson led a small team to design and develop a supersonic drone. Meet today's leaders of Skunk Works® unmanned systems and learn about what we're working on today. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Claire Whitfield & Theresa Hoey Associate Producer Nick Tanaka Artwork by Becca Smith & Francisco Silva Web Content by Kyra Betteridge

Duration:00:37:22

Trusted with Secrets

7/15/2019
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Without security, the Skunk Works® wouldn’t exist. Security Integrator, Ward Albin, discusses some of his most challenging experiences operating in secrecy. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Claire Whitfield, Theresa Hoey, & Sabrina Braga Artwork by Becca Smith & Francisco Silva Web Content by Kyra Betteridge

Duration:00:21:06

Wolf Pack

7/1/2019
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The X-35 and the YF-22 set the precedent for a new kind of jet fighter. We're outlining the evolution of 1st generation jet fighters to 5th generation and beyond. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at LockheedMartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Claire Whitfield & Theresa Hoey Artwork by Becca Smith & Francisco Silva Web Content by Kyra Betteridge

Duration:00:40:16

Visioneers

6/17/2019
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Skunk Works® designs the aircraft of the future. Ever wonder how? For exclusive content, check out our show notes at LockheedMartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Claire Whitfield & Theresa Hoey Artwork by Becca Smith & Francisco Silva Web Content by Kyra Betteridge

Duration:00:30:18

Introducing Inside Skunk Works: Season 2

4/25/2019
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Are you ready for season 2? We’re covering conceptual design, hypersonics, unmanned systems, and much more. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at LockheedMartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Claire Whitfield & Theresa Hoey Artwork by Becca Smith & Francisco Silva

Duration:00:01:10

A Low Rumble

6/17/2018
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Advancing technology allows aircraft to go faster and faster, but there is still one barrier that prevents the public from traveling faster than the speed of sound - the sonic boom. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Theresa Hoey & Claire Whitfield Artwork by Becca Smith

Duration:00:30:00

It Changes Everything

6/4/2018
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In the midst of an energy revolution, a small team at the Skunk Works® is trying to solve a massive problem. Will they make compact fusion a reality? For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Theresa Hoey & Claire Whitfield Artwork by Becca Smith

Duration:00:31:16

Crashing is Success

5/20/2018
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Skunk Works® engineers have a willingness to take on projects most others don’t because the chances to succeed are too small or too difficult. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Theresa Hoey & Claire Whitfield Artwork by Becca Smith

Duration:00:32:18

Not Today

5/6/2018
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Before the F-117 and the SR-71 there was an aircraft that began to experiment with stealth - an aircraft that does so many things well, it’s still flying today. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Theresa Hoey & Claire Whitfield Artwork by Becca Smith

Duration:00:32:39

Hat Trick

4/22/2018
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For many years fighter jets were specifically designed for individual military branches. In the 1990s, U.S. military leadership decided it would be more efficient to design one jet to meet the unique needs of the Air Force, Marines and Navy. In November of 1996, Lockheed Martin and Boeing competed to design the best X-plane solution to this new requirement. This would come to be known as the “battle of the X-planes”. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at...

Duration:00:29:12

Arrowhead

4/8/2018
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Radar-guided missiles were an ever-growing threat to aircraft throughout the 60s, 70s and 80s. As they say, “necessity is the mother of invention,” and the creation of an invisible airplane that would come to be known as the F-117 Nighthawk was no exception. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Theresa Hoey & Claire Whitfield Artwork by Becca Smith

Duration:00:38:30

They Gave Him a Tent

3/25/2018
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In 1943, the Germans were already using jet technology in combat. The United States military leadership was frantic for a jet fighter of their own to counter the new threat. An idea for a secret organization hidden within a large aeronautics company begins to take shape and at the root of this idea is a young American engineer. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Theresa Hoey & Claire...

Duration:00:32:30

Absolute Definition of Power

3/10/2018
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It was a time when computers were in their infancy. They were incredibly expensive and enormous with less processing power than an iPhone. Using little more than slide rules and pencils, a group of engineers designed one of the most advanced aircraft in aviation history. The year was 1958 and the aircraft they created was the SR-71 Blackbird. For exclusive content, check out our show notes at lockheedmartin.com/insideskunkworks Email us at insideskunkworks.lm@lmco.com Produced by Theresa...

Duration:00:32:01

Introducing Inside Skunk Works

2/19/2018
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75 years ago in Burbank, California, engineer Kelly Johnson devised an operational concept so unique it is still celebrated today. As the birthplace of many revolutionary technologies – from America’s first fighter jet to the classified programs of today – Skunk Works® sets the precedent for how our most critical and difficult problems are solved. This podcast brings to light the dark, classified world of the secret Lockheed Martin organization. First-hand accounts and stories passed down...

Duration:00:01:20