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    Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson led the design of such crucial aircraft as the P-38 and Constellation, but he will be more remembered for the U-2 and SR-71 spy planes. His extraordinary leadership of the Lockheed "Skunk Works" cemented his reputation as a legendary figure in American aerospace management.

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    • Jean
    • 26/08/2019

    Memoir of a Legend

    This is a memoir of an aviation leader. A few years ago, I read “The Skunk Works” by Ben R. Rich about the Lockheed Research Department. Kelly was responsible for the design of the famous Constellation and the P-38. He also was responsible for the U-2 and SR71 Blackbird.

    This is the story of the Skunk Works at its peak (1950-1990) by one of its founders. I think reading both books gave me a balanced insight into the halcyon days of aviation at Lockheed. Both books are well balanced, but Johnson’s book is a bit more technical. Johnson tells the story of his life as a child in Michigan to working at Lockheed. The book was originally published in 1988. This is a great book about a brilliant aeronautical engineer and the early days of aviation.

    The book is six hours and six minutes. Johnny Heller does an excellent job narrating the book. Heller is an actor and a well-known audiobook narrator. He has won many awards such as the Audiophile’s Golden Voice Award and Best voice of 2008, 2011, 2014, 2018. He was also selected as one of the fifty voices of the 20th Century. His list of awards is too numerous to list.

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    • Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason
    • 27/02/2020

    Read this after "Skunk Works", didn't disappoint

    The only low points are where the author starts covering details of his personal life that are entirely unrelated to aviation history. I don't really care to hear his justifications for remarrying a month after his wife's death.

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    • Chromic Acid
    • 02/12/2019

    Brilliant men and brilliant machines

    Though the content frequently left me wondering if the author has switched subjects and the narrator rarely shifted tone or pace, I find this story to be a fascinating one about the early days of Lockheed and about what it takes to build things better. It isn't too long of a listen; granted my frequent rewinds to try to catch what was just said lengthened the time, but I still considered it worth it.

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    • James Litsios
    • 23/07/2020

    A bit impersonal, but some nice content

    While much has been told elsewhere, there is some unique content here that make this book a valuable read.

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    • Pohokano
    • 01/04/2020

    Still a good listen

    Even after 35 years the life of this engineer is amazing. It’s entertaining to hear predictions for the year 2000. Although I wished for greater technical detail, Johnson’s inside view of early aviation and developments into the 1980s is fascinating. Narration was poor, too fast, and at times confusing. In print, publishers put breaks and pauses on the page for a reason that was apparently lost on this narrator. I won’t bother with another title narrated by this individual.

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    • Lockon
    • 25/10/2019

    a fascinating insight into the life of Kelly Johns

    This was really a fascinating book especially the technical parts. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was I had an expectation, perhaps unrealistic, that this would be more of a technical book and talk more about the programs in detail.

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    • Holton
    • 20/07/2021

    A must read for anyone interested in engineering

    This is not a book about all the story of all the planes he worked on, that would need to be a 30+ hour book at least. He covers some about a lot of them. This is a book about is 1 in a billion life and his perspective of it. The narration isn't all that exciting but the stories are and the perspective you get makes it worth it!

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    • Dennis M Danzik
    • 05/07/2021

    One of My Top 10

    You cannot and will not miss with this reconstruction of one of America's great scientific and engineering minds.

    So much to learn I will dive back in again in the future.

    Thank you Mr. Johnson......well done.

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    • Cleavo761
    • 24/06/2021

    Great biography about a great man

    As an aviation nerd I know that this book probably won't interest most people, but I thought it was a great look into one of the greatest men of the 20th Century.

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    • sheila claybourn
    • 11/05/2021

    Well read

    The Kelly Johnson Story is a intriguing true story of a genius with a humble farm life and wives.. three of them.. he really had a man ability to see into the future. My Dad worked for him now I can see why it was a good match..