Seventy years ago on March 23, 1945, a B-29, one of 1,644 manufactured in Wichita during World War II, rolled off the assembly line at Boeing and was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces. On March 23, 2015, that same aircraft was rolled out and “delivered” again, in commemoration of its restoration and progress back toward flying condition. More than 200 supporters came to watch it shine as it once again rolled out in the city of its birth. CLICK HERE to watch the video!
In May of 2000, the B-29 known as Doc was rescued and transported from California to Wichita.
Doc’s story began in March of 1945 at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas.
Originally built by the Boeing Company in 1945, the B-29-20-BW, or B-29 Superfortress, was a one-of-a-kind airplane. The B-29 was designed and built by Boeing in Wichita and flown primarily by the U.S. Air Force at the end of World War II and then during the Korean War.
In 1987, after sitting more than 40 years in the Mojave Desert where it was a sun baked sanctuary for birds and many other desert creatures, Doc was rescued by a group of historians with a dream. The group, led by Tony Mazzolini and backed by the United States Aviation Museum, had a plan to restore the B-29 and eventually get it back into the air.
Following a nearly three year absence, volunteers have again revived Mazzolini’s dream. Work is once again underway in Wichita, Kansas to fully restore and fly the B-29 once again. You can see photos/videos of the move here.
In February of 2013, Doc was acquired by “Doc’s Friends” and the restoration of the B-29 Superfortress resumed. Click here to see how you can get involved and be a part of this history rebuild of the aircraft.
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