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27/02/1910 American aeronautical engineer Kelly Johnson is born

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SR-71 Blackbird with Kelly Johnson

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Letter to Kelly Johnson

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Kelly Johnson

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Engineering Faster Planes in WWII: Kelly Johnson, the P-38 and the P-80

He was the first leader of the famous Advanced Development Projects department in Lockheed, usually called just Skunk Works. He played a leading role in the design of over forty aircraft. Most famous of them are the P-38 lighting, F-104 Starfighter, F-117 Nighthawk, C-130 Hercules, U-2, or SR-71 Blackbird.