Suppose you know a guy who’s a graduate of the Lockheed Skunk Works. I’m sure you have one of these guys at your local airport. One of those guys who spent most of his life building the world’s fastest, highest-flying, nearly invisible airplanes. The kind of guy who built extreme airplanes—airplanes that nowadays are famous, but during their operational life, he couldn’t even brag to his wife about. One of those “If I told you, I’d have to kill you. No, really, I’m not kidding” kind of jobs building airplanes like the world’s fastest—the SR-71—and the world’s highest-flying glider with a really big engine—the U-2 spy plane. Airplanes like the super-secret Have Blue, the prototype of the F-117 Stealth Fighter, and the F-117 itself. This is a guy who won the Collier Trophy, given since 1911 for accomplishments like breaking the speed of sound.
Now suppose this guy was a pilot. You’ve got to ask yourself, what kind of airplane would a guy like that choose? Would he choose a vintage twin, like Henry Cotton’s Lockheed Vega spy plane? Would he choose a really fast airplane, perhaps one with aerospikes, like the Lancair IVP? Or maybe he would like a stealthy workhorse, like a Piper Cub?