Meet Northrop's XST, The Plane That Lost Out To The Original Stealth Jet

The year was 1974, and Defense Research Projects Agency was becoming more and more interested in the idea that an aircraft, or a remotely piloted vehicle, could be almost totally invisible to enemy sensors. The aircraft that resulted was the F-117 Nighthawk, better known as the first stealth fighter. This is not that… » 6/26/15 5:35pm 6/26/15 5:35pm

RQ-170 Sentinel Stealth Spy Drone Caught By Satellite For The First Time

The U.S. Air Force and the CIA’s famed but incredibly shy RQ-170 Sentinel has been caught on camera a few times in the U.S., including images of one supposedly forming up with an aerial tanker. It was also paraded around by Iran after its spectacular capture in 2011. Yet there are no known satellite images of it —… » 6/18/15 10:05am 6/18/15 10:05am

Legendary Skunk Works Founder Kelly Johnson's Rules Of Management

Clarence “Kelly” Johnson is the Babe Ruth of aerospace design. Aircraft programs under Johnson were so cutting edge and historically influential, and his cult of personality and management strategy so effective, that he and Lockheed’s Skunk Works (which he also founded) are forever enshrined in mankind’s technological… » 5/31/15 2:27pm 5/31/15 2:27pm

This Obscure Skunk Works Jet May Help Team Win New Stealth Bomber Bid 

It is one of Lockheed Skunk Work’s least glamorous projects, and it looks a lot like a Dornier 328JET, otherwise known as a “DoJet,” but the X-55 Advanced Composite Cargo Aircraft (ACCA) could give the Boeing-Lockheed consortium a leg up in winning the high-stakes Long Range Strike Bomber tender. » 4/11/15 4:25pm 4/11/15 4:25pm

Gasp! Lockheed Skunk Works Says It Has A Nuclear Fusion Reactor

Billionaire superheroes Tony Stark and Bruce Wayne's defense companies both had one, and now real-world defense giant Lockheed Martin says they have one too. It is the holy grail of cheap and stable energy, yet it has eluded the scientific community for a century. Well, that may finally be about to change once and for… » 10/15/14 7:32pm 10/15/14 7:32pm

This is the amazing Lockheed Martin SR-72—the space Blackbird

Aviation Week's Guy Norris has an exclusive article on the successor for the Lockheed Martin SR-71 Blackbird, the legendary spy plane that may be the favorite of every airplane nerd in the world. The hypersonic SR-72 is the first aircraft that can fit perfectly in Star Wars or Galactica, a true space age ship. » 11/01/13 10:24am 11/01/13 10:24am