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    Default The Government Can't Keep A Secret, Except When It Does (Cool Skunk Works Story)

    The LA Times has a nice article about the Skunk Works, in Burbank CA, where they've built top secret aircraft since the 1950s:,0,16202.story

    The writer is not an airplane buff, so the plane called OXCART became the A-12 and the SR-71. That never comes up.

    The writer tells the story about the project called:SUNTAN, and how the local fire department showed up but wasn't allowed into the hanger.

    What the writer left out was this:

    The fire department demamnded to enter the hanger. Inside the hanger was the life-sized mock-up of SUNTAN, which was top-secret. What the Skunk Works guys did was flood the hanger with a little liquid hydrogen, which blanketed the floor up to neck-deep in a thick cloud. The cloud obscured the aircraft, and so they were able to open the hanger and show the firemen that it was just smoke.
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    That's a pretty cool story.
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