Clarence L. "Kelly" Johnson was an aviation engineer best known for his work on the Lockheed U-2 and SR-71 Blackbird planes.
"Reads like the autobiography of the American dream. . . A readable
collection of the people and influences that touched his life and
remarkable career. Highly recommended."--Library
"The highly objective autobiography of one of the real giants of the aerospace world, . . . written so clearly that the average person cannot only understand it but gets caught up in it."--Aerospace Historian
"Fast-paced, very readable, and technically interesting. It covers a fifty-year span of American aviation without being a history book. . . What makes this book so valuable is Mr. Johnson's exposition of the mind-set to find the simplest, least expensive fix to each technological problem. . . . Recommended for all harried technologists and defense planners, it will encourage one's faith that a better way is possible."--H. Lawrence Elman, National Defense "A good look at a fascinating man who has led, and who continues to lead, a perfectly charmed life."--Air Force