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  1. A 747 for Star-gazingRead the original story w/Photo

    Friday Oct 13 | Air & Space

    On several nights this winter, in the frigid stratosphere over the Pacific Ocean, the pilots of a dramatically modified Boeing 747SP will relinquish control of the aircraft, and astronomical mission controllers will take over, steering the jumbo jet westward along a slightly curved star-tracking course at 520 mph. In the former passenger cabin where rows of seats used to be, two dozen astronomers and technicians at computer workstations will sit poised for an event unprecedented in the history of aerospace.

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  2. Secrets of the Skunk WorksRead the original story w/Photo

    Thursday Oct 12 | Air & Space

    When the Lockheed Martin Skunk Works began marking its 70th birthday this year, media specialist Bob Driver dragged an old suitcase into a company director's office. Opening it, he asked if the contents could finally be shown to the public.

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  3. Keeper of the BlackbirdsRead the original story w/Photo

    Sep 8, 2017 | Air & Space

    An expert on maintenance of the Lockheed SR-71 Mach 3 reconnaissance aircraft, Don Campbell was the SR-71 Superintendent at both Kadena Air Base in Okinawa and later at Beale Air Force Base in California in the 1970s. He spoke with senior associate editor Diane Tedeschi in July.

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  4. The U-DeuceRead the original story w/Photo

    Dec 26, 2016 | Air & Space

    "THE AIRPLANE IS NOTHING LIKE WHAT POWERS FLEW," says Bryan Swords, currently the chief engineer for the U-2S at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company's Palmdale, California office. Swords is referring, of course, to Francis Gary Powers, who, four years after overflights began over the U.S.S.R., Poland, and East Germany, had the unfortunate distinction of being shot down in a U-2 near Sverdlovsk in the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960.

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