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Acquired

Lockheed Martin

May 30, 2023
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  • Lockheed Martin's Skunk Works division played a crucial role in the Cold War by developing the U2 spy plane, which provided valuable intelligence through covert missions over Russia.
  • Skunk Works' secretive testing site at Area 51 allowed them to push the boundaries of aerospace technology and establish themselves as a hub for innovation and secrecy.

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The U2 spy plane: A game-changer in intelligence gathering

Skunk Works successfully develops and delivers the U2 spy plane, a revolutionary aircraft capable of flying at high altitudes and capturing valuable intelligence. The plane's camera, specifically designed by Polaroid, produces remarkable photographs of Soviet nuclear installations and military capabilities. The U2's covert missions over Russia provide critical information during the Cold War. The program continues until 1960, when the Soviets finally shoot down a U2. This incident ends the U2's flights over the Soviet Union, but the success of the program solidifies Skunk Works' reputation as a leading innovator in aerospace technology.

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