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Joe B. Gabriel Digital Image Collection, circa 1952

Identifier: SC-G-001

Content Description

The collection consists of digital reproductions of 26 8"x10" black and white photographs, six smaller black and white photographs, and a section of the Lockheed Southern Star, the official publication of the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, Vol.1, no.21, January 4, 1952. The original materials were loaned to the Kennesaw State University Archives by Joe Gabriel and document the contract work carried out by employees of Lockheed Aircraft Corporation in the early 1950s. The project involved refurbishing and restoring Bell B-29 bombers, which had been stored in the Texas desert since the end of WWII. Gabriel and others were responsible for flying the old bombers from Texas to Marietta, Georgia.


  • Creation: circa 1952


Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Archival materials may contain sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state “right to privacy” laws. Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals without the consent of those individuals may have legal cause for action if facts concerning an individual’s private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person. Privately donated materials may carry restrictions imposed by deed as a condition of donation and require the permission of the donor or donor’s agent. The KSU archives does not itself waive such restrictions, nor will it act as an advocate for any researcher seeking such waivers. KSU archives staff have taken care to identify and, in some cases, remove sensitive information found within its archival collections when undertaking archival processing work. However, privacy protected information may be revealed during use of the archival collections, particularly in those collections that are unprocessed or have been minimally processed. Researchers agree to make no notes or other recordation of privacy protected information if found within the archival collections, and further agree not to publish, publicize, or disclose such information to any other party for any purpose if found within the archival collections. Researchers agree to indemnify and hold harmless Kennesaw State University and its officers, employees, and agents from and against all suits, claims, actions, and expenses arising out of use of archival collections held by the Kennesaw State University Archives.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright permission for the digital images granted by the donor to Kennesaw State University. No copyright permission received for the scanned issue of the Lockheed Southern Star. To request permission to publish, reproduce, publicly display, broadcast or distribute this material in any format, users must contact the KSU Archives.

Biographical or Historical Information

Joe B. Gabriel served as an employee of the Lockheed Aircraft Corporation during the mid-twentieth century. Gabriel was involved in the Pyote project. This project involved refurbishing and restoring 130 Bell B-29 bomber planes, which had been stored in the Texas desert since the end of WWII. Gabriel and others were responsible for flying the old bombers from Texas to Marietta, Georgia. In November 1951, plane 065 crashed about twenty miles east of Dallas-Fort Worth. Joe Gabriel was aboard this plane as was another crew man named Joe Sedita. Both men survived the crash. Joe Gabriel reitred from Lockheed in 1977.


2.98 Megabytes (33 jpegs; 1 pdf)

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Custodial History

The collection was loaned to the KSU Archives through Dr. Tom Scott for reproduction. The originals were returned to the donor.

Source of Acquisition

Dr. Thomas Allan Scott; Date acquired: 2006-11-22.

Related Materials

Photographs, 1942-1945: Bell Aircraft Georgia Division (Marietta) Collection, SC/B/001/Series 1.
Interview with Joe B. Gabriel, 2000-10-23: Kennesaw State University Oral History Project, Cobb County Oral History Series, 1973-2014, KSU/45/05/001/04063.
Tamara Livingston, Anne M. Graham
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Revision Statements

  • 2020 July: updated by Maggie Thomas

Repository Details

Part of the Kennesaw State University Archives Repository

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