Comment: As Grey Wolf helicopter nears final design for production, and the Skunk Works is celebrating 80 years, a look back at Norm Augustine's Laws is noteworthy.
By Greg Hadley
Boeing delivered the sixth and final test MH-139 helicopter to the Air Force last month, the company announced Nov. 20—clearing the way for the first production aircraft to arrive around mid-2024, a spokesperson told Air & Space Forces Magazine.
BYJOSEPH TREVITHICK|UPDATED JUN 26, 2018 8:46 PM EDT
On June 25, 2018, in a presentation at the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics’ (AIAA) annual Aviation Forum in Atlanta, Georgia, representatives from Skunk Works showed a chart derived from one of Norm Augustine’s “laws” next to a list of some of their most famous aircraft and how long it took them to put it in the air for the first time. Norman Augustine served in senior civilian roles in the Department of Defense and the U.S. Army and was the first president of the Lockheed Martin Corporation, which came into being in 1995 when Lockheed merged with Martin Marietta.
“The last 10 percent of performance generates one-third of the cost and two-thirds of the problems” is the 15th of 52 laws that he first published in 1984. These were based on his experience both as an industry executive and a senior military official.
"Lockheed is celebrating 80 years of Skunk Works with some new hints of what they are working on, SR-72 and NGAD ‘fighter’ included."
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