Links to Manufacturers Pages
- Bell Helicopter Textron
- The Boeing Company
- Lockheed Martin Skunk Works.
The Skunk Works name
- came from Al Capp's "Li'l Abner" comic strip
which featured the "Skonk works" where
Appalachian hillbillies ground up skunks, old shoes, and
other foul-smelling ingredients to brew fearsome drinks
and other products. Lockheed engineers identified the
secret XP-80 assembly facility as the place where Kelly
Johnson was stirring up some kind of potent brew. The
nickname stuck, although "skonk" became
"skunk" in deference to the non-hillbillies
working at the Lockheed facility and because Al Capp
objected to anyone else using his unique spelling.
Cartoonist Capp and the "Li'l Abner" comic
strip departed many years ago, but the Skunk Works -- a
registered service mark of Lockheed along with the
familiar skunk logo -- lives on as Lockheed Martin Skunk
Works continues to "brew" the world's most
- Lockheed Martin Tactical
Aircraft Communications. The Fighter Enterprise is
the combination of the fighter expertise and capabilities
from throughout Lockheed Martin.
- Northrop Grumman Corporation,
headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif., is a leading
designer, systems integrator and manufacturer of military
surveillance and combat aircraft, defense electronics and
systems, airspace management systems, information
systems, marine systems, precision weapons, space
systems, and commercial and military aerostructures.
- Scaled Composites, Inc. is
an aerospace and specialty composites development company
located in Mojave, California (about 80 miles north of
Los Angeles). Founded in 1982 by Burt Rutan, Scaled has a
broad experience in air vehicle design, tooling, and
manufacturing, specialty composite structure design,
analysis and fabrication, and developmental flight test.
Scaled is a subsidiary of the Wyman-Gordon Company, North
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