Lockheed Martin’s Skunk Works celebrates its 80th anniversary. A marketing campaign around this milestone is underway and today we received a new advert that includes a preview of an intriguing tailless manned tactical aircraft concept. This aligns with what we’ve seen recently from a leading design firm around the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) initiative.
While it would be wrong to think that Lockheed is abandoning its highly classified design for a critical aircraft procurement initiative in an online promotional video, it is certainly indicative of what the company sees as a solution to the challenges of aerial domination of the new generation, at least in its broad outlines. .
The design has a very similar wing shape and overall shape to what we’ve seen in cryptic NGAD-related articles from Skunk Works in the past. In fact, the ad design shares many cues from the design that the company abandoned without explanation in July.