For the first time since 1956, B-29 Doc roared into the sky celebrating a successful first flight Sunday, July 17.
The flight lasted about about seven minutes and the crew reported an overall successful flight. Doc took off from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kan., and returned to the same runway. In the coming days, the ground and restoration team will review all of the flight data and gauge readings, and they will also perform a full check and inspection of the plane’s systems and control surfaces.
Below you’ll find a highlight video from first flight, including exclusive footage from the runway and inside the cockpit during the flight. More photos and videos will be posted soon.
Thanks to Visual Media Group, Steve Jantz Photography, Spirit AeroSystems, Sullivan Higdon Sink and the members of the Doc First Flight Capture Crew who worked to capture and record dramatic photos and videos. Members of the Capture Crew include: Lindon Bontz, Steve Jantz, David Drew, Jeffrey Hetler, Darin LaCrone, Daniel Moore, Brett Schauf, Kevin Swinicki, David Wolfe, Randy Wentling, Jakob Fisher, Jason Linn, Alex Unruh, Harry Molder, David Combs, Ted Lewis and Randy Allen. This team joins the hundreds of volunteers who are very proud to have been involved with Doc’s Friends.