History Panel

History Panels Lineup LACAS 2018



In Outer Space with Red Bull Stratos

Legendary pilot and space free fall parachutist Col. Joe Kittinger, USAF, Ret., joins with designer extraordinaire Art Thompson and renowned aerospace author Craig Ryan to tell the story of free-falling from outer space – from the perspective of Kittinger who set the record in 1960 at 102,800 feet. They also share the inside story on the Red Bull Stratos project and Felix Baumgartner’s daring record-breaking fall from space in 2012 before a global audience.Come visit one of the best STEM exhibitions you will ever experience!



The Skunk Works 75th Anniversary

It’s the 75th Anniversary for Lockheed Martin ’s Legendary Skunk Works., with top officials from the division telling the story of how the company ushered in so many of its cutting-edge aircraft, from the P-38 Lighting of World War II, to the F-35 Lightning II, today’s advanced Joint Strike Fighter. Prepare to hear about the legendary Skunk Works brain trust, including tales of Kelly Johnson, and Ben Rich, whose legacy encompasses the U-2, the SR-71 “Blackbird,” and the dawn of the era of Stealth combat aircraft.



Black Planes, Blue Sky

The research, development and test flight of stealth aircraft involved gifted talent and competition from the aerospace giants of Lockheed Martin, Boeing and Northrop Grumman. The men who flew prototypes that ushered in a new era of air dominance reflect on the contributions of code-named projects like Have Blue, Tacit Blue and Bird of Prey.



It’s A Bird, It’s A Plane, It’s a Blackbird!

The SR-71 Blackbird is not a bird, and the U-2 is not a rock ‘n roll act. The two aircraft comprise a historic epic of our nation’s quest to fly higher, and faster. And both planes have a place in the history book of high-flying “eye in the sky” surveillance in keeping our nation secure throughout the Cold War and up to the present moment.