Commenter Of The Day: Skunk Works Edition

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One of the advantages Lockheed Martin has always had in getting great government contracts, other than extensive lobbying and campaign contributions, has been the Skunk Works facility. Named for a run-down factory in the Li'l Abner comics, Skunk Works has been the home of some of the most advanced plane research in history, including the U-2, F-22 Raptor and SR-71 Blackbird. Engineers are encouraged to test out compete theories and prototypes, such as in the Have Blue trials which resulted in the creation of the F-117 Nighthawk stealth plane. The Hamann Lamborghini Gallardo Victory looks like a stealth jet and, according to Engineerd, is part of a greater competition.


Ferruccio Lamborghini began building cars to go up against Enzo Ferrari. A rivalry that exists to this day. At first, the cars seemed capable, but uninspired. It wasn't until the Miura that Lamborghini hit its stride.

Now, it seems Stephan Winkelmann would like to take that Lamborghini competitive spirit and pitch it against EADS. Why EADS? It's a brilliant strategy. EADS owns Airbus which is struggling to get the A380 off the ground. This car isn't designed to leave the ground, but looks a hell of a lot better.


Insert Alan Mulally/Boeing joke here.

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