B-29 ‘Doc’ takes to the skies again after 60 years

The World War II B-29 bomber “Doc” lifts off for the first time in 60 years on Sunday, July 17, 2016. (Photo: USAF/Staff Sgt. Rachel Waller)

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – The B-29 “Doc” spread its wings Sunday morning and took to the air after 60 years, becoming only the second flying B-29 remaining in the world today.

Earlier in the morning, Doc’s takeoff was delayed when the plane’s bomb bay doors would not shut properly. Once crews fixed the problem, the B-29 returned to the flight line to prepare for its flight.

The restored Boeing B-29 Superfortress took off and landws for the first time since 1956 from the non-joint-use runway at McConnell Air Force Base. The runway is adjacent to where the restoration team has spent the last 16 years restoring the warbird.

The World War II B-29 bomber "Doc" lifts off for the first time in 60 years on Sunday, July 17, 2016 (Photo: USAF/Staff Sgt. Rachel Waller)
The World War II B-29 bomber “Doc” lifts off for the first time in 60 years on Sunday, July 17, 2016
(Photo: USAF/Staff Sgt. Rachel Waller)

“Getting the plane safely in the air and then back on the ground again is our top priority,” said Jim Murphy, Doc’s Friends Restoration Program Manager. “While we do not see now, or expect any issues with the plane in the coming days, we will remain vigilant in checking systems and conditions up to the minute we plan to takeoff. If everything goes as planned, Sunday will be a spectacular day for the volunteers who have worked hundreds of thousands of hours to restore this plane.”

Doc’s flight and ground crews expect to have wheels up at 8:30 a.m.. The flight can be viewed by the public from locations along 47th Street South near Oliver in Wichita, including parking lots on the southwest corner of 47th Street South and Oliver.

MORE INFORMATION:

On the web: www.b-29doc.com
Twitter: www.twitter.com/DocsFriends
Facebook: www.facebook.com/DocsFriends

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