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May 28, 2012, 08:08 PM
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"The Lockheed Plant" presented by Joe Kirby

EAA Chapter 690's guest speaker for the 1st Saturday Aviation Program & Pancake Breakfast” on Saturday, June 2nd has been the Editorial Page Editor of the Marietta Daily Journal since 1992. He is the author of “The Bell Bomber Plant” which chronicles the growth of Marietta from a sleepy cotton town on the outskirts of Atlanta and how it was transformed on the eve of World War II into the home of the largest industrial complex ever built in the south. His newest book, “The Lockheed Plant” tells the follow-on story of the massive Lockheed Martin aircraft plant in Marietta.

Joe will present his very interesting slide presentation and lecture about the growth and changes that have taken place in and around Marietta and the City of Atlanta. Now operated by Lockheed Martin, the plant has grown considerably since 1945. It currently produces the C-130J, the F-22 and is doing modifications to many of the C-5s. Since 1945, the plant has also produced the Lockheed Jetstar, many variations of the C-130, the C-141 and the C-5A and B.

Kirby is also co-author of “Then & Now: Marietta” and “Then & Now: Marietta Revisited.” He has won the prestigious Freedom of Information Award and Public Service Award from the Associated Press (Georgia) and the Georgia Press Association numerous times, as well as winning awards for Best Columnist, Best Editorial, Best Editorial Pages and Best Feature. He is the Southeastern Region 2008 winner of the First “Green Eyeshade” Award for Editorial Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists.

Kirby worked In the late 1980s and early 1990s as a city hall/general assignment reporter for the MDJ. Prior to that, Kirby was a reporter/anchorman for radio stations in northeast Georgia. Kirby serves on the boards of the Marietta Museum of History, the Cobb Library Foundation, the Kennesaw Mountain Historical Association, and the Marietta Kiwanis Club. He has a B.A. from James Madison University in History and Communication Arts. He and his wife and two children live in west Cobb.

Come hear this fascinating story. Join us on June 2nd. An all you care to eat Pancake (and eggs, sausage and biscuits, etc.) Breakfast and/or refreshments are available beginning at 8:00 AM in the EAA Sport Aviation Center, 690 Airport Road, at Gwinnett County's Briscoe Field. The price of breakfast for adults is $6. Ample aircraft and auto parking is available. For additional information contact Joel Levine, 404-314-7573 or jlevine@bellsouth.net.
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