Secrets of the Skunk Works

Exclusive photographs of once-classified inventions from Lockheed’s famous brain trust.

(Chad Slattery )
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National Medal of Technology and Innovation, 2007

In a White House ceremony, President George W. Bush presented the National Medal of Technology and Innovation to the Skunk Works, citing its “record of developing cutting-edge aircraft, technologies, and systems for the U.S. Government.” Sculptor Mico Kaufman designed the three-inch bronze medal. This is the only time it has been awarded to an aerospace company.

About Chad Slattery

Based in Los Angeles, Chad Slattery is a freelance photographer (and occasional writer) who has specialized in aviation and aerospace subjects for the past 20 years. He regularly flies air-to-air photo flights in a specialized Learjet. A longtime Contributing Editor at the magazine, his hobby is collecting the vintage desktop models distributed by aircraft factories.

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