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Skunk Works Airplanes and Aircrafts

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List of all Skunk works airplanes and aircraft types, with images, specs, and other information. These active and retired Skunk works planes are listed in alphabetical order, but if you're looking for a particular aircraft you can look for it using the "search" bar. The Skunk works aircrafts on this list include all planes, jets, helicopters, and other flying vehicles ever made by Skunk works. Unless you're an aviation expert you probably can't think of every aircraft made by Skunk works, so use this list to find a few popular Skunk works planes and helicopters that have been used a lot in the course of history.

List features aircraft like Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird.

This list answers the question, "What aircrafts are made by Skunk works?
  • Aurora was a rumored mid-1980s American reconnaissance aircraft. There is no substantial evidence that it was ever built or flown and it has been termed a myth. The U.S. government has consistently denied such an aircraft was ever built. Aviation and space reference site concluded "The evidence supporting the Aurora is circumstantial or pure conjecture, there is little reason to contradict the government's position." Others come to different conclusions. In 2006, veteran black project watcher and aviation writer Bill Sweetman said, "Does Aurora exist? Years of pursuit have led me to believe that, yes, Aurora is most likely in active development, spurred on by recent...  more
    • Type: Reconnaissance aircraft
    • Manufacturer: Skunk Works
    • Maiden Flight: Jan 01 1989
  • Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain
    The Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk is a single-seat, twin-engine stealth ground-attack aircraft that was developed by Lockheed's secretive Skunk Works division and operated by the United States Air Force. The F-117 was based on the Have Blue technology demonstrator, and was the first operational aircraft to be designed around stealth technology. The maiden flight of the Nighthawk happened in 1981 and the aircraft achieved initial operating capability status in 1983. The Nighthawk was shrouded in secrecy until it was revealed in 1988. The F-117 was widely publicized for its role in the Gulf War of 1991. Although it was commonly referred to as the "Stealth Fighter", it was a strictly ground-attack...  more
    • Type: Stealth aircraft, Stealth aircraft bomber
    • Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin, Lockheed Corporation, Skunk Works
    • Introduced: Oct 01 1983
    • Length (m): 20.09
    • Wingspan (m): 13.2
    • Engine Type: General Electric F404
    • Maiden Flight: Jun 18 1981
  • Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain
    The Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor is a single-seat, twin-engine, all weather stealth tactical fighter aircraft developed for the United States Air Force. The result of the USAF's Advanced Tactical Fighter program, the aircraft was designed primarily as an air superiority fighter, but has additional capabilities including ground attack, electronic warfare, and signals intelligence roles. Lockheed Martin is the prime contractor and is responsible for the majority of the airframe, weapon systems, and final assembly of the F-22, while program partner Boeing provides the wings, aft fuselage, avionics integration, and training systems. The aircraft was variously designated F-22 and F/A-22 prior to...  more
    • Type: Stealth aircraft air superiority fighter, Stealth aircraft, Air superiority fighter
    • Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, Boeing Defense, Space & Security
    • Introduced: Dec 15 2005
    • Length (m): 18.9
    • Wingspan (m): 13.56
    • Engine Type: Pratt & Whitney F119
    • Accidents: F-22 2010 crash, F-22 Nellis Air Force Base 2004 crash, F-22 Edwards Air Force Base 2009 crash
  • Photo: Metaweb (FB) / Public domain
    The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat, single-engine, all-weather stealth multirole fighters undergoing testing and final development by the United States. The fifth generation combat aircraft is designed to perform ground attack, aerial reconnaissance, and air defense missions. The F-35 has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing variant, and the F-35C carrier-based Catapult Assisted Take-Off Barrier Arrested Recovery variant. The F-35 is descended from the X-35, which was the winning design of the Joint Strike Fighter program. It is being designed and built by an aerospace industry team...  more
    • Type: Stealth aircraft, Multirole fighter
    • Manufacturer: Lockheed Martin Aeronautics
    • Introduced: Dec 01 2015
    • Designer: Lockheed Martin
    • Length (m): 15.67
    • Wingspan (m): 10.7
    • Engine Type: Pratt & Whitney F135
    • Maiden Flight: Dec 15 2006