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Ben R. Rich Papers: Finding Aid
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Box 1

Personal

Information on Rich’s career, affiliations, awards, retirement, and correspondence from selected years and individuals.
Folder 1

Awards

Folder 2

Biographical

Folder 3

Career

Folder 4

Chron file, Jan-June 1993

Folder 5

Chron file, July-Dec 1993

Folder 6

Lyman Gilmore

Folder 7

Clarence “Kelly” Johnson

Folder 8

Miscellaneous

Folder 9

Organizations—AIAA

Folder 10

Organizations—National Academy of Engineering

Folder 11

Patents

Folder 12

Retirement—parties

Folder 13

Retirement—letters

Folder 14

Security clearance

Folder 15

Travel, 1990

 

Projects

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).
Box 2

Projects

Folder 1

Engineering—U-2

Folder 2

Engineering A-12

Folder 3

Engineering—A-12 schematics

Folder 4

Engineering—F-12

Folder 5

Engineering—R-12 schematics

Folder 6

Engineering—SR-71

Folder 7

Engineering—SR-71 pilot experience

Folder 8

Engineering—D-21

Folder 9

Engineering—CL-1981 (low-cost fighter, 1974)

Folder 10

Engineering—F-117A

Folder 11

Engineering—F-22

Folder 12

Engineering—X-29

Box 3

Projects

Folder 1

Engineering—CL-400

Folder 2

Engineering—CL-400 reports (1973)

Folder 3

Engineering—CL-400, Langley meeting (1973)

Folder 4

Engineering—Sea Shadow (stealth ship)

Folder 5

Engineering—Senior Prom

Folder 6

Engineering—Aeroballistic rocket (low cost access to space, 1993)

Folder 7

Cost issues

Folder 8

Defense planning

Folder 9

Miscellaneous performance charts

Box 4

Speeches

Copies of Ben Rich speeches from 1967 to 1992, on individual aircraft and on the Skunk Works.
Folder 1

Miscellaneous

Folder 2

SR-71/SST, 1967

Folder 3

CL-400, 1973

Folder 4

CL-400, 1974

Folder 5

SR-71, 1977

Folder 6

“Lockheed in 1951,” 1976

Folder 7

“The Big Step” (Kelly Johnson philosophy), 1978

Folder 8

Future of supersonics, 1978

Folder 9

SR-71 and SST, Feb 1980

Folder 10

“Mach 3 flight in retrospect,” Mar 1980

Folder 11

U-2, SR-71, and CL-400, Apr 1983

Folder 12

“Survivable reconnaissance in the 1990s,” July 1983

Folder 13

U-2, SR-71, and CL-400, Sep 1983

Folder 14

Aircraft development in the Skunk Works, 1984

Folder 15

U-2, SR-71, and CL-400, 1985

Folder 16

Transatmospheric Vehicle (Orient Express), Jan 1986

Folder 17

Supersonic/hypersonic transport aircraft, Oct 1986

Folder 18

Pratt & Whitney and the Skunk Works, 1987

Folder 19

Skunk Works history and overview, March 1988

Folder 20

Skunk Works history and overview, June 1988

Folder 21

SR-71 retirement ceremony, 1990

Folder 22

U-2, SR-71, and F-117, April 1990

Folder 23

U-2, SR-71, and F-117, May 1990

Folder 24

Retirement, 1991

Folder 25

“Lockheed Skunk Works from 1954 to 1991,” 1992

Box 5

Lockheed; Publications

 

Lockheed

History and management of Lockheed and the Skunk Works.
Folder 1

History

Folder 2

Legal

Folder 3

Skunk Works—history and operations

Folder 4

Skunk Works—name and trademark

Folder 5

Skunk Works—management briefings, 1990-1992

 

Publications

Articles by and about Ben Rich, and miscellaneous articles.
Folder 6

Articles by Ben Rich

Folder 7

Articles about Ben Rich

Folder 8

Glenn Campbell, “Area 51 Viewer’s Guide”

Folder 9

Lockheed newsletters

Folder 10

Miscellaneous technical articles

Box 6

Memoirs; Consulting

 

Memoirs

Drafts, research material, and correspondence relating to Ben Rich and Leo Janos, Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of My Years at Lockheed (1994).
Folder 1

Book reviews

Folder 2

Chapter drafts

Folder 3

Corrections and revisions

Folder 4

Draft materials

Folder 5

Leo Janos

Folder 6

Potential co-authors

Folder 7

Research correspondence

Folder 8

Security clearance

 

Consulting

Information on Ben Rich’s various consulting jobs, mostly from the 1990s after his retirement.
Folder 9

Ames Research Center

Folder 10

California-Israel Committee for Trade and Technology

Folder 11

Defense Science Board

Folder 12

GEC-Marconi

Folder 13

Litton

Folder 14

Lockheed (post-retirement)

Folder 15

Miscellaneous

Folder 16

Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology

 

Technical Notes and Data

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.
Box 7

Technical Notes and Data

Folder 1

Aerodynamics

Folder 2

Propulsion (turbojet)

Box 8

Folder 1

Thermodynamics, vol I

Folder 2

Thermodynamics, vol. III

Folder 3

Thermal properties of materials

Box 9

Technical Notes and Data

Folder 1

Aerodynamics and thermodynamics

Box 10

Technical Notes and Data

Folder 1

Hypersonic aerodynamics

Folder 2

SURE lectures (F-104 pilot’s guide, by G.L. Reaves) [1 of 3 folders]

Folder 3

SURE lectures (F-104 pilot’s guide, by G.L. Reaves) [2 of 3 folders]

Folder 4

SURE lectures (F-104 pilot’s guide, by G.L. Reaves) [3 of 3 folders]

Box 11

Photographs

Candid and formal photos of Ben Rich, Lockheed airplanes, and events.
Folder 1

Ben Rich portraits and head shots

Folder 2

Events and candids (large prints)

Folder 3

Events and candids (small prints)

Folder 4

Ben Rich and President Reagan

Folder 5

Kelly Johnson and President Reagan

Folder 6

Collier Trophy ceremony

Folder 7

Ben Rich retirement party, Jan 1991

Folder 8

U-2

Folder 9

SR-71

Folder 10

SR-71 retirement

Folder 11

F-117

Folder 12

F-22

Folder 13

Miscellaneous Lockheed projects

Folder 14

Hughes H-4 (Spruce Goose)

 

Oversize/Ephemera

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.
Box 12

Oversize/Ephemera

Folder 1

Binder of photos from Skunk Works field operations

Folder 2

Binder of cards from retirement party

Folder 3

Four cassette tapes

Folder 4

Two DVDs: Blackbird: The Movie and Ben Rich: Father of the Stealth-Fighter.

Folder 5

Ben Rich work badge

Box 13

Oversize/Ephemera

Folder 1

Miscellaneous large photos and certificates (including 3 rolled)