|Those were only three of a large number of sources. But back to the original source, Aviation Week and Space Technology, March 9, 1992:|
The article we are after is: ‘Black World’ engineers, Scientists Encourage Using Highly Classified Technology for Civil Applications. The link can be seen at the bottom of the page.
Sadly, it cannot be read without subscribing to the magazine. "Aviation Week and Space Technology" (sometimes called "Aviation Leak" by insiders) is an industry magazine aimed at folks that work inside the aviation industry. Most of the articles deal with military aviation.
Here is a quote from LaViolette's book "Secrets of Antigravity Propulsion":
"Aviation Week obtained its information about the B-2 from a small group of renegade West Coast scientists and engineers who were formerly associated with black research projects, which were defense projects so secret that even their very existence is classified.... They took the risk because they felt that it was important for economic reasons (I would suggest that environmental concerns would be the more important reasons for revealing this info) that efforts be made to declassify certain black technologies for commercial use. Two of these individuals said that their civil rights had been blatantly abused (in the name of security), either to keep them quiet or to prevent them form leaving the tightly controlled black R&D community.
Several months after Aviation Week published the article, security personnel from the black world went into high gear. That sector of the black R&D community received very strong warnings, and as a result, the group of scientists broke off contact with the magazine."
I was around when this story first got out. It is not BS. Of course, you guys can believe whatever you like. But to just fob it off as bogus is prejudicial and does not fit with the information that is out there.
I would recommend reading LaViolette's book as it has much technical and historical information that puts this story in its proper perspective. My comments concerning Ben Rich come from my own personal experience. I was privy to many conversations between him and my boss. Rich was a serious guy and he was not making stuff up. He was there and, sadly, he took most of his secrets to the grave.
But to get back to my point: the head of the Lockheed Skunk Works would be a man in the know. End of story.....