This collection contains the papers of
aerospace engineer Ben Rich (1925-1995), who served as the second director of Lockheed's
Skunk Works in Southern California and was involved in the development of the F-117 stealth
aircraft. The papers date from the 1940s to the early 1990s.
Ben Robert Rich (1925-1995) was born as Ben Reich in Manila, in the Philippines, on June
18, 1925. He was the second youngest of six children of Jewish middle-class parents. His
British father was born in India, his French mother in Egypt. He came to the U.S. in May
1941 with his family and changed his last name to Rich when he was naturalized as a US
citizen, in 1947. His father lost his Manila lumber mill to the Japanese invasion, and the
family struggled financially through the war in the U.S.
14.9 Linear Feet
(13 boxes, 3 items)
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