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Bell Aircraft Corporation photographs, 1942-1952 (VIS 92)

In December 1941, the United States government selected Bell Aircraft Corporation to build B-29 bombers. On March 30, 1942, Bell broke ground in Marietta, Georgia, for a new plant to build the aircraft, and by March 1943, aircraft construction had begun.  The Bell Aircraft operation at this plant closed after V-J Day in 1945.  In January 1951, at the request of the U.S. Air Force, the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation of Burbank, California, reopened the facility to make modifications to the B-29 aircraft.  The Marietta operation also began work on the B-47 aircraft.  The first Marietta-made B-47 flew in December 1942.

This collection contains photographs of the construction of the plant, the buildings and grounds, employees, and construction and flight of the B-29 aircraft. In addition, the collection contains photographs of the Lockheed operation, including construction of new buildings, employees and work on the B-29 and B-47.  They were taken between 1951 and 1952, after Lockheed reopened the facility. 

The Bell Aircraft Corporation photographs contain 126 black and white photographic prints, 125 of which are digitized and available on this database. To view the rest of the images, please visit the Kenan Research Center.

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Digitization of this collection is made possible in part by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.