Origin of The SST

  1. Lockheed’s L-2000 SST design, loser in the competition with Boeing for US/SST contract, was result of decade of tunnel testing, incorporating best features of fixed wing double-delta concept proved out in SR-71. Lockheed’s philosophy was simplicity in design for better safety and economy.
  2. How to build an SST! Brilliant Lockheed designer Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson, who created such successful planes as the U-2, SR-71, F-104 and the Constellation, amused fellow aircrafters with satirical drawing portraying design problems encountered with the SST.

The SST: Here it comes, ready or not.

by Don Dwiggins
Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1968

Lockheed L-2000 at Wikipedia

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Bell’s Orient Express

Supersonic Transport at Wikipedia

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Cannonball Express

Lockheed L-2000 at Wikipedia

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