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Marietta in Cobb County, Georgia — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Bell Bomber (B-29) Plant

1943 - 1946

 
 
Bell Bomber (B-29) Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 15, 2010
1. Bell Bomber (B-29) Plant Marker
Inscription. A plan to help lift rural Cobb County out of the Great Depression by building a commercial airport changed course when America entered WWII and Marietta was chosen as the location for a new aircraft assembly plant. Wartime necessity had rival companies collaborating as when Bell Aircraft Corporation of Buffalo, NY was awarded a contract to build B-29 Superfortresses designed by Boeing. Standing 29 feet tall with a wingspan of 141 feet, the four-engine plane had a 4,000-mile range, a ceiling above 30,000 feet and maximum speed exceeding 350 mph. In total, 668 B-29s were produced here. Peak employment surpassed 28,000 people with both skilled and unskilled jobs commanding higher wages than were found elsewhere. At the end of the war the B-29 contract was cancelled, employees were laid off and Bell sold its assets. The plant left an enduring legacy of prosperity in terms of increased wealth and workforce capabilities. Used primarily for storage until the onset of the Korean War, the plant was reopened in 1951 with a contract awarded to Lockheed.
 
Erected 2010 by Cobb County Community Development Agency.
 
Location. 33° 56.15′ N, 84° 31.967′ W. Marker is in Marietta, Georgia, in Cobb County. Marker is at the intersection
Bell Bomber (B-29) Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 15, 2010
2. Bell Bomber (B-29) Plant Marker
Looking west on South Cobb Drive, Georgia Highway 280
of South Cobb Drive (Georgia Route 280) and South Fairground Street SE, on the right when traveling east on South Cobb Drive. Touch for map. The marker stands at the main entrance to the Lockheed Martin Marietta plant. Marker is at or near this postal address: 86 South Cobb Drive, Marietta GA 30060, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. The Bell Bomber Park (about 700 feet away, measured in a direct line but has been reported missing); Mary Phagan (approx. one mile away); Lady in Black (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rev. Thomas Milton Allen (approx. 1.1 miles away); William Root (approx. 1.1 miles away); This Little Cannon (approx. 1.1 miles away); Rest well, Miss Mattie (approx. 1.1 miles away); S. V. Sanford (approx. 1.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Marietta.
 
Regarding Bell Bomber (B-29) Plant. Since the plant's reopening in 1951, it has produced a wide variety of aircraft, including the C-141, the C-5, the C-130 (still in production), the F-22, and currently components for the F-35. The plant is currently a Lockhead Martin facility.
 
Also see . . .  Bell Bomber Plant. The New Georgia Encyclopedia. (Submitted on July 28, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia.) 
 
Categories. 20th CenturyAir & SpaceIndustry & CommerceWar, KoreanWar, World II
 
Bell Bomber (B-29) Plant Marker image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 15, 2010
3. Bell Bomber (B-29) Plant Marker
Looking east on South Cobb Drive (Georgia Highway 280); the entrance to the Lockheed Martin is to the right
Bell Bomber (B-29) image. Click for full size.
By David Seibert, July 24, 2010
4. Bell Bomber (B-29)
A B-29 Bomber, on display at the Dobbin Air Force Reserve Base adjoining the Lockheed Martin Marietta facility (former the Bell Bomber plant).
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on July 28, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. This page has been viewed 1,855 times since then and 58 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on July 28, 2010, by David Seibert of Sandy Springs, Georgia. • Craig Swain was the editor who published this page.
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