The most advanced fighter was made by crashing


success through failureWhen my dad was young, he made a model plane. It crashed on its first flight. He went home discouraged.

But he kept tinkering with planes and eventually became and engineer at Lockheed’s secret skunkworks working on the F-117 Nighthawk stealth fighter. The project was dubbed “hopeless diamond” because fly-ability was made extremely difficult by the separate small faces of its surface that didn’t reflect enough radar to register on a screen.

The non-streamline surface made it so un-fly-able that it crashed on its first flight. I remember my dad couldn’t sleep for like a week from the stress. At the time, I of course had no idea about the ultra-secret project.

On this Thanksgiving, I’m thankful for my dad’s example. How is success achieved? Through repeated failures. Failure is a stepping stone.

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2 responses to “The most advanced fighter was made by crashing

  1. Definitely! But when we are in the midst of the ‘failures’ it seems as though the stepping stones are nowhere in sight. Thanks for this real life example and for reminding us that if we persevere enough, our dreams of success will indeed become a reality.

  2. Pingback: The most advanced fighter was made by crashing | operation CDL

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