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Ben R. Rich Papers, 1940-1995
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Series One: Personal

Physical Description: Box 1

Scope and Content Note

Information on Rich’s career, affiliations, awards, retirement, and correspondence from selected years and individuals.
 

Series Two: Projects

Physical Description: Boxes 2-3

Scope and Content Note

Information on individual aircraft and issues of cost and planning. The aircraft include the U-2, A-12/SR-71, CL-400 (hydrogen-fueled), and F-117 (Stealth). Other projects include Stealth technology applied to ships (Sea Shadow) and cruise missiles (Senior Prom).
 

Series Three: Speeches

Physical Description: Box 4

Scope and Content Note

Copies of Ben Rich speeches from 1967 to 1992, on individual aircraft and on the Skunk Works.
 

Series Four: Lockheed

Physical Description: Box 5

Scope and Content Note

History and management of Lockheed and the Skunk Works.
 

Series Five: Publications

Physical Description: Box 5

Scope and Content Note

Articles by and about Ben Rich, and miscellaneous articles.
 

Series Six: Memoirs

Physical Description: Box 5

Scope and Content Note

Drafts, research material, and correspondence relating to Ben Rich and Leo Janos, Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed (1994).
 

Series Seven: Consulting

Physical Description: Box 6

Scope and Content Note

Information on Ben Rich’s various consulting jobs, mostly from the 1990s after his retirement.
 

Series Eight: Technical notes and data

Physical Description: Boxes 7-10

Scope and Content Note

Ben Rich’s technical notebooks and binders from the 1950s on thermodynamics and aerodynamics, and an extended series of lectures from a F-104 pilot’s manual.
 

Series Nine: Photographs

Physical Description: Box 11

Scope and Content Note

Candid and formal photos of Ben Rich, Lockheed airplanes, and events.
 

Series Ten: Oversize/Ephemera

Physical Description: Boxes 12-13

Scope and Content Note

Includes large photos and certificates, binder of photos from Skunk Works field operations, binder of well-wisher cards from retirement party and various other ephemeral items.