HAWK plated U-2A circa 1962

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Postby Morris » Mon Jan 18, 2021 2:19 pm

Here’s a blast from the past, an old HAWK chrome plated U-2A Image
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Postby jarndice » Mon Jan 18, 2021 3:04 pm

Question---
What or who connects the P38 Lightning, The aircraft used to shoot down the Aircraft carrying the the most important Naval officer in charge of the Attack on Pearl Harbour amongst other naval operations in the Pacific Admiral Yamamoto,
The F104 Starfighter,
The fastest aircraft to see military service The SR71 Blackbird.
The U2 Spy plane even though "U" actually denotes Utility as in single engined liason/FAC aircraft,
Answer ---
The Lockheed Aircraft Corporation/ Clarence "Kelly" Johnson aircraft designer.
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Postby Morris » Mon Jan 18, 2021 5:10 pm

And KJ’s P-80 Shooting Star - I believe the quickest project from design to prototype - this is supposed to be Bong’s last flight... Image
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Postby Estnische » Mon Jan 18, 2021 8:10 pm

Funnily enough, I was once writing a motorsport article and wanted to check the origins of the term "Skunkworks".

Here is what I found on Wikipedia:

"The term originated during World War II when the P-80 Shooting Star was designed by Lockheed’s Advanced Development Projects Division in Burbank, California. A closely guarded incubator was set up in a circus tent next to a plastics factory in Burbank. The strong smells that wafted into the tent made the Lockheed R&D workers think of the foul-smelling “Skonk Works” factory in Al Capp’s Li'l Abner comic strip."

If you don't know what Li'l Abner is, you're younger than me!
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Postby Herr Dr. Professor » Thu Feb 18, 2021 4:33 pm

Is someone repopping the chromed U-2? And I'll take a Daisy Mae, too. No, Al Capp tried that, and it cost him his career.
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