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A must have for aviation fans, but you have better choices
Reviewed in the United States on February 12, 2017
Kelly Johnson is definitely a legend in the aviation industry. He was responsible on the development of more than dozen of platforms; most of them were pioneering at time. It is remarkable to learn how fast and cost effective these were developed. For example, one aircraft was designed over a long weekend while Kelly was in a business trip at the UK. The revolutionary U-2 was designed by only ~50 engineers. Leading projects nowadays takes at least a decade of development and costs Billions of dollars.
It seems tempting to compare between this book and Ben Rich's "Skunk Works" book. I must say that Ben Rich's book is a better choice in my opinion. Throughout his book he admires Kelly capabilities and achievements (it is interesting that Ben is hardly mentioned in Kelly's book), and provides lots of details, not just technical, on the major projects he was involved in. "Testimonies" from colleagues are included in Ben's book, describing the common practice and the state of mind of the people involved in these projects those days.Taking the SR-71 Blackbird, Ben Rich's description is much more interesting, informative, and exciting, than the rather technical description of Kelly Johnson.
I would definitely recommend for aviation fans reading this book, but if you have to choose only one between the two – take Ben's "Skunk Works".