The late Ben Robert Rich was the second director of Lockheed Corp.'s top-secret research and development unit known as the "Skunk Works." Founder and first director of that program was aeronautical engineer Clarence "Kelly" Johnson, who designed elements of the U.S. spy plane known as the U-2. Rich led the development of the F-117 fighter plane, the first operational stealth aircraft; and also worked on the F-104, A-12, SR-71 Blackbird and F-22. He also wrote the book "Skunk Works: A Personal Memoir of my Years of Lockheed." In May 2010, aerospace engineer Tom Keller wrote an article for the Mutual UFO Network's journal that said Ben Rich revealed that extraterrestrial UFO visitors are real and that the U.S. military has aircraft capable of travel to the stars. Keller, who worked as a computer systems analyst for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, quoted Rich as saying the following: "Inside the Skunk Works, we were a small, intensively cohesive group consisting of about fifty veteran engineers and designers, and a hundred or so expert machinists and shop workers. Our forte was building technologically advanced airplanes of small number and of high class for highly secret missions." "We already have the means to travel among the stars, but these technologies are locked up in black projects, and it would take an act of God to ever get them out to benefit humanity. Anything you can imagine, we already know how to do it." "We now have technology to take ET home. No it won't take someone's lifetime to do it. There is an error in the equations. We know what it is. We now have the capability to travel to the stars. First, you have to understand that we will not get to the stars using chemical propulsion. Second, we have to devise a new propulsion technology. What we have to do is find out where Einstein went wrong." "When Rich was asked how UFO propulsion worked, he said, 'Let me ask you. How does ESP work?' The questioner responded with 'All points in time and space are connected?' Rich then said, 'That's how it works!' " According to xenophilius.wordpress.com, the legendary Lockheed engineer and close friend of Ben Rich, the late John Andrews, confirmed a conversation with Rich in which the Skunk Works director said: "There are two types of UFOs — the ones we build and the ones 'they' build. We learned from both crash retrievals and actual 'hand-me-downs.' The government knew, and until 1969, took an active hand in the administration of that information. After a 1969 Nixon 'purge,' administration was handled by an international board of directors in the private sector." "Nearly all 'biomorphic' aerospace designs were inspired by the Roswell (New Mexico crashed) spacecraft — from Kelly's SR-71 Blackbird onward to today's drones, Unmanned Combat Air Vehicles (UCAVs) and aerospace craft." "It was Ben Rich's opinion that the public should not be told (about UFOs and extraterrestrials). He believed they could not handle the truth — ever. Only in the last month of his decline did he begin to feel that the 'international corporate board of directors' dealing with the 'subject' could represent a bigger problem to the citizens' personal freedom under the United States Constitution than the presence of off-world visitors themselves." Read more at Columbia Daily Tribune.
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