Bell Bomber (B-29) Plant historical marker

Collection:
Georgia Historical Markers
Title:
Bell Bomber (B-29) Plant historical marker
Creator:
Seibert, David
Date of Original:
1996/2014
Subject:
Historical markers--Georgia--Cobb County
Military aeronautics equipment industry--Georgia--Marietta
Location:
United States, Georgia, Cobb County, 33.9414626, -84.5766729
Medium:
photographs
Type:
StillImage
Format:
image/jpeg
Description:
Location: Located at the southwest corner of South Cobb Drive and Fairground Drive (at an entrance to the plant)
Text of marker: "BELL BOMBER (B-29) PLANT 1943-1946. 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."
Metadata URL:
https://dlg.usg.edu/record/dlg_ghm_bell-bomber-b-29-plant
Digital Object URL:
http://dlg.galileo.usg.edu/do:dlg_ghm_bell-bomber-b-29-plant
Rights Holder:
Please contact markers@davidseibert.com about commercial reproduction and use
Holding Institution:
Digital Library of Georgia
Rights:

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