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.
Approximately 1,000 items. 13
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