Inside Skunk Works, Lockheed’s super-secret weapons facility

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PALMDALE, Calif. — Sixty-two miles north of Los Angeles, this desert town known as America’s Aerospace Valley is home to one of the most secretive aircraft design and production programs on the planet.

Few are allowed in, but the sky is littered with clues of the work being done behind the high fences topped with barbed wire.

It’s routine to spot a U-2 spy plane or a Janet 737, a highly classified fleet of aircraft used to shuttle military and contractors between Palmdale and places such as Area 51, the storied Nevada base.

Back on the ground, at the corner of Sierra Highway and Avenue

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