December 21, 1990 |
Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson, creator of Lockheed Corp.'s secret Skunk Works aircraft factory and a leading designer of the U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird spy planes, died today. He was 80. Johnson died at St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank after an illness of many years, a Lockheed statement said. The illness was not disclosed. Johnson organized the Skunk Works in 1943 to build the XP-80 Shooting Star, the United States' first production jet fighter.
December 5, 1990 |
Lockheed Corp. has selected Sherman N. Mullin to succeed the retiring Ben R. Rich as head of Lockheed Advanced Development Co., the aircraft design and development operation commonly known as the "Skunk Works." Mullin previously was vice president of Lockheed Aeronautical Systems Co., heading up the company's development of the F-22 advanced tactical fighter. Mullin will remain involved in that project as an adviser.
August 11, 1992
Lockheed Corp. says it has slightly scaled back relocation plans for its famed "Skunk Works" advanced-aircraft development unit, which is in the process of moving from Burbank to Palmdale. The unit, formally named Lockheed Advanced Development Co., now plans to build a 225,000-square-foot office building in Palmdale and to remodel or construct nine other buildings there, said spokesman Richard Stadler.
January 6, 1995 |
Ben R. Rich, who headed Lockheed's fabled "Skunk Works" during development of the Stealth fighter plane and wrote a book about his 40-year career with the company, died Thursday at age 69. Rich, who headed the secretive section from 1975 until he retired in 1991, died at Ventura's Community Memorial Hospital after a lengthy illness. Less colorful than the unit's original chief, Clarence (Kelly) Johnson, Rich nevertheless was an adept manager whose talents were nationally recognized.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 1993 |
It was 50 years ago this month that Lockheed and its renowned aeronautical engineer Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson promised the U.S. Army Air Forces they would build a prototype for a jet fighter in 180 days. World War II was raging as Johnson brought together a team of 23 engineers and 105 production people to design and build the XP-80. They worked under an order of absolute secrecy in a well-guarded shop building and circus tent-covered production area on Lockheed's Burbank facility.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 7, 2000 |
Rejecting one of the largest toxic pollution judgments ever rendered, a California appellate court Tuesday threw out $380 million in punitive damages against five oil and chemical companies accused of failing to warn hundreds of workers about health hazards at the Lockheed Skunk Works. The three-judge panel of the 2nd District Court of Appeal ruled in Aguilar vs. Ashland Chemical Co. that there was no evidence of "despicable conduct" by Exxon, Unocal, Shell, Ashland and DuPont.