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F-22 Raptor

F-22 Raptor

The F-22 fighter jet flew for the first time on September 7, 1997, from Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta. At the beginning of this test flight, which lasted more than an hour, the aircraft reached an altitude of 15,000 feet in less than three minutes.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin

The Lockheed Martin plant in Marietta employs nearly 8,000 workers on two major projects, the C-130J cargo plane and the F-22 fighter plane.

C-130 Hercules

C-130 Hercules

Compared with earlier models of C-130 Hercules cargo planes, Lockheed Martin's C-130J has a higher cruising altitude and can reach 28,000 feet in fourteen minutes.

Photograph by Wikimedia

C-141 Starlifter

C-141 Starlifter

In the mid-1960s the Lockheed C-141 Starlifter became the first all-jet cargo plane to deploy in the U.S. Air Force. It quickly became the air force's airlift mainstay. Its wide body can accommodate a variety of missions, including personnel and equipment transport, disaster relief, and cargo supplies. 

Photograph by Wikimedia

C5-Galaxy

C5-Galaxy

One of the biggest aircraft ever made, Lockheed's C-5 Galaxy first flew in 1968. The plane has a wingspan of nearly 223 feet, is 247 feet long and 65 feet high, and can carry 135 tons of cargo. 

Photograph from the U.S. Air Force

C-141A

C-141A

A C-141A Starlifter flies over the Rocky Mountains in 1972. The first C-141A, a troop transport and cargo carrier for the U.S. Air Force, was completed in 1963. The aircraft was designed and built by Lockheed-Georgia in Marietta.

Courtesy of Robins Air Force Base

C-141 Starlifter

C-141 Starlifter

The C-141 Starlifter is a versatile jet aircraft known as the "workhorse" of the U.S. Air Force. Initially introduced in 1963 by Lockheed-Georgia, the aircraft has been updated twice since that time and is used for more than thirty types of transport missions.

Photograph from U.S. Air Force

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Hanoi Taxi

Hanoi Taxi

Major General Edward J. Mechenbier, a former prisoner of war in Vietnam, speaks with journalists at Robins Air Force Base in 2002. During the 1970s Mechenbier and other prisoners of war were brought back to the United States in the Hanoi Taxi, the C-141A aircraft pictured in the background.

Courtesy of Robins Air Force Base

C-141B

C-141B

The C-141B, a transport aircraft designed in the 1970s at Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta. Adapted from the earlier C-141A model, the C-141B features a universal air-fueling receptacle that allows for longer nonstop flights.

Image from Rob Schleiffert

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C-141C

C-141C

The C-141C model aircraft was designed during the late 1990s to improve upon the earlier C-141 Starlifter models. Its many technological advancements include a digital autopilot and the All Weather Flight Control System.

Courtesy of Robins Air Force Base

C-5 Galaxy

C-5 Galaxy

The Lockheed-Georgia C-5 Galaxy can carry 135 tons of cargo, making it the largest production aircraft built in the United States and a vital part of any military action in which large amounts of material need to be airlifted around the world. It has a wingspan of just under 223 feet and is 247 feet long and 65 feet high.

C-5 Galaxy Cargo Deck

C-5 Galaxy Cargo Deck

At both ends of the C-5 Galaxy aircraft large doors can swing open to the cargo deck, and two rows of vehicles can drive on and off at the same time.

C-5 Galaxy

C-5 Galaxy

The airframe of a C-5 Galaxy that has received structural upgrades will maintain its integrity for an estimated 50,000 flight hours before being retired. This means that many of the planes now in service can keep flying until past 2060.

C-130 Hercules

C-130 Hercules

The high tail of the C-130 Hercules allows room for a large cargo door that lowers to form a ramp. With a length of 97 feet and wingspan of 132 feet, the C-130J can carry up to 46,631 pounds. In troop transport configuration, it can accommodate 92 combat troops or 64 paratroopers. The aircraft can fly up to 2,729 miles and has a maximum speed of 417 miles per hour.

C-130 Hercules

C-130 Hercules

With a wide fuselage, distinctive high tail, and multiwheeled landing gear, the C-130 Hercules is one of the most versatile and rugged transport aircraft ever built. Beyond its role as a versatile cargo and troop transport, C-130s are used as bombers, cannon-firing gunships, hurricane hunters, aerial refueling tankers, air ambulances, firefighters, and even aerial sprayers.

B-29 Bomber

B-29 Bomber

A B-29 bomber being assembled at the Bell Aircraft Corporation, circa 1943.

Courtesy of Atlanta History Center.

Bell Bomber

Bell Bomber

A B-29 flies over the Marietta Bell Bomber plant. Kennesaw Mountain is visible in the background.

Courtesy of Center for Regional History and Culture, Kennesaw State University, Bell Aircraft Collection.

Bell Bomber Groundbreaking

Bell Bomber Groundbreaking

(Left to right) Frank Shaw of the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, Cobb County commissioner George McMillan, Atlanta Chamber representative Ivan Allen Sr., county attorney James V. Carmichael, and Marietta mayor Rip Blair pose for publicity pictures at the groundbreaking of Bell Bomber on April 2, 1942.

Courtesy of Georgia Archives, Vanishing Georgia, # cob496a.

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Millar, Carmichael, and Bell

Millar, Carmichael, and Bell

Major Jack Millar visits James V. Carmichael and Lawrence Bell (left to right) at Bell Bomber on August 24, 1944. A Marietta native, Millar commanded a Bell-built B-29, the "Georgia Peach," on missions over Japan.

Courtesy of Center for Regional History and Culture, Kennesaw State University, Bell Aircraft Collection.

Carmichael, Bell, and Blair

Carmichael, Bell, and Blair

(Left to right) James V. Carmichael, general manager of the Bell Aircraft Corporation; Lawrence D. Bell, founder and president of Bell Aircraft; and Leon M. Blair, mayor of Marietta, enjoy a party at Blair's home in 1949. Carmichael holds a cane, which he walked with for most of his life, after being struck by a car at age sixteen.

Courtesy of Georgia Archives, Vanishing Georgia, #cob497a.

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Bell Bomber Assembly Workers

Bell Bomber Assembly Workers

Inspector Eula Dow (right) supervises the main electrical harness assembly board at Bell Bomber in the mid-1940s.

Courtesy of Center for Regional History and Culture, Kennesaw State University, Bell Aircraft Collection.

Bell Aircraft Corporation, ca. 1943

Bell Aircraft Corporation, ca. 1943

Bell Aircraft Corporation built B-29 bombers at its Marietta, Georgia, plant during World War II.

Courtesy of Georgia Archives, Vanishing Georgia, # cob202.

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