A flying foursome of F-80A jets
This four-aircraft formation shows the F-80A in flight.
So how did the distinctive Skunk Works name come about? In 1943, Lockheed's facilities were already dedicated to churning out production aircraft for the war effort -- there was no space for the work on what was to become the XP-80. So, as Lockheed tells it, that engineering effort found itself headquartered in a rented circus tent that picked up a potent odor from a manufacturing plant next door. That aroma apparently prompted one of the engineers in that group to refer to the place as the "Skonk Works," after a running joke in the popular "L'il Abner" comic strip. And soon enough, the name stuck.
June 23, 2013 8:45 AM PDT
Photo by: U.S. Air Force photo
| Caption by: Jonathan Skillings
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