Yesterday, newly restored B-29 Superfortress “Doc” completed its winter maintenance program, paving the way for the bomber to begin its 2017 tour season.
Earlier today, Doc departed from McConnell AFB in Wichita, Kansas bound for Barksdale AFB in Louisiana, where it will participate in this weekend’s Defenders of Liberty Air Show – an especially significant event as Barksdale was the base where Doc was originally commissioned after being delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps more than 70 years ago.
Doc’s Friends Program Director Jim Murphy says, “Returning to Barksdale for this weekend’s air show will be memorable and full of emotion. It’s the first travel milestone of our mission of operating Doc as a flying museum to honor the men and women who built, maintained and flew these majestic warbirds to protect our nation. Hundreds of volunteers have poured their heart and soul into this airplane since it was pulled from the desert nearly 20 years ago. This weekend’s mission to Barksdale celebrates their hard work and dedication.”
Doc will reportedly participate in multiple air show formation and demonstration flights on Saturday before returning to Wichita on Sunday. For additional information on the event, click here.
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The newly restored B-29 Superfortress “Doc” will make four national tour stops through the first half of 2017 according to a tour schedule announced earlier today.
Doc’s Friends, Inc. will be bringing the aircraft to Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Wisconsin as part of their effort to “honor those who built, maintained and flew B-29s to protect America’s freedom at home and abroad” and “educate current and future generations on the contributions made by the Greatest Generation during wartime.”
The group is also in negotiations to participate in four additional events that could bring Doc to Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas later in the year.
Click below to check out the current 2017 tour dates.
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The newly restored B-29 Superfortress “Doc” has completed phase one of its flight test operations and has received a new airworthiness certificate that allows the aircraft to begin touring with with reduced flight limitations.
Specifically, the new, “special airworthiness certificate” removes flight limitation restrictions on distance and flight pattern, and Doc’s Friends, the team that oversees the massive warbird, are now in final negotiations with multiple regional air shows including EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.
Doc’s Friends Restoration Program Manager Jim Murphy says that the team is not yet ready to release details regarding a 2017 tour, as they still have some minor winter maintenance to perform before Doc returns to the air, which could happen in early April. However, multiple public events are reportedly being planned in at least six states.
(via Doc’s Friends Photo: Erin McClellan via Wikimedia Commons Thanks, Pascal!)
Recently restored B-29 Superfortress “Doc” will be protected from the elements during the winter and spring thanks to a new agreement with Air Capital Flight Line.
In a move Doc’s Friends spokesman Josh Wells describes as “another example of their willingness to go above and beyond”, the Wichita company has provided a hangar to temporarily shelter the historic warbird from potentially devastating weather conditions.
“Not only are we concerned about ice, but we’re also concerned about snow, and even springtime weather threats. Any weather-related damage to Doc could delay or even derail our mission of operating Doc as a flying museum for years to come.”
With Doc’s safety secured, the machine’s caretakers will be turning their attention to a flight schedule for the new year, and are also expected to announce the location of the bomber’s permanent home, including a timeframe for construction, in the near future.
The aircraft returned to the air in July 2016 following 17 years and hundreds of thousands of hours of restoration, departing from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas. It has since performed several additional test flights, including a journey to Eisenhower National Airport. It is currently one of only two examples of the type in airworthy condition.
(via The Wichita Eagle Photo: Erin McClellan via Wikimedia Commons)
Newly restored B-29 Superfortress “Doc” is continuing its flight test program with its first ever flight to Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita, Kansas.
The crew departed Wichita’s McConnell Air Force Base on Saturday and flew for approximately 90 minutes to the east of the city. In the process, the landing gear was retracted and high-speed flight tests were performed at more than 200 mph, with the historic bomber performing as expected with no issues.
The B-29 spent 42 years in the desert before being rescued by Tony Mazzolini and a group of volunteers who spent 17 years and 300,000+ hours restoring the machine to airworthy condition. It is now one of only two remaining B-29s capable of flight. Click below to check out a video of Saturday’s takeoff and landing.
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On Saturday, newly restored B-29 Superfortress “Doc” performed its second test flight from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas.
The nearly hour-long flight was successful and engine and control surfaces were said to perform as expected. According to Doc’s Friends Restoration Manager Jim Murphy, the test allowed the crew to put more time on the aircraft while working through the flight test campaign and meeting FAA requirements. It also revealed minor issues that require correction:
“Today we found a small issue on a landing gear motor but it was nothing major. Finding these types of fine-tuning necessities is what the flight test campaign is all about. The flight test crew as well as our volunteer restoration and maintenance crews have done an amazing job on this project. Thanks to this team, we are getting closer to being able to fly Doc further, farther and eventually, make Doc’s mission of being flying museum to honor our nation’s heroes a reality.”
Click below to check out a video of the flight.
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After 17 years and hundreds of thousands of hours of restoration, the pristine B-29 Superfortress “Doc” is scheduled to return to the air on Sunday.
The flight will take place from McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas, and will be dependent on weather and the machine’s performance during final ground testing. Plans could change with little or no notice.
The B-29 is expected to become airborne at 8:30 a.m. CDT. Although runway and ramp access will be forbidden, the public will reportedly be able to view the flight from locations along 47th Street South near Oliver in Wichita, including parking lots on the southwest corner of 47th Street South and Oliver.
Updates, as well as a live stream of the flight, can be found here.
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Doc’s Friends has reported that their newly restored B-29 Superfortress “Doc” has received its FAA airworthiness certificate and that the bomber’s first flight is now “imminent”.
The historic moment comes three days before the 16th anniversary of Doc arriving in Wichita to begin the restoration process, which saw over 300,000 hours invested in the project.
Jim Murphy, Doc’s Friends Restoration Program Manager states:
“Today, we celebrate this major milestone and honor the hundreds of thousands of hours of volunteer work that has gone into restoring our B-29. From the team who saved Doc from rusting away in the Mojave Desert in California, to the dedicated volunteers who have been working tirelessly on the restoration project since Doc was brought to Wichita 16 years ago, today is great day.”
As previously reported, the team will now submit a request to the USAF and Pentagon to be granted access to the non-joint-use runway at McConnell Air Force Base for flight testing.
(via Doc’s Friends Thanks, Pascal!)
On May 11th, the newly restored B-29 Superfortress “Doc” moved under its own power for the first time since 1956.
The test, conducted in Wichita, Kansas, was performed at low speed with the use of #1 and #4 engines. In the process, the bomber traveled over half a mile while the restoration team successfully tested the brakes and ground steering.
Doc reportedly performed better than expected.
The team is currently working with the FAA to obtain airworthiness certification, after which they will submit a request to the USAF and Pentagon to be granted access to the non-joint-use runway at McConnell Air Force Base for flight testing.
Click here to check out the taxi test.
After 16 years, B-29 Superfortress “Doc” is nearly ready to return to the air. On Monday, four volunteers affixed the dataplate in one of the final steps needed to gain FAA flight certification.
The volunteers who carried out the work are some of the earliest to join the effort, and included Connie Palacioz, who worked on the B-29 production line and riveted Doc’s nose section when it was originally built in 1944.
“Doc’s Friends”, the organization behind the restoration, has been working with the FAA since March to review the B-29’s paperwork and restoration quality. The team has been making final tweaks and expects to invite inspectors back out to Doc’s hangar in Wichita, Kansas within a few weeks. However, even after an airworthiness certificate is obtained, the job of seeking approval from the Pentagon to fly to and from McConnell Air Force Base’s runway will begin – a process that could take a month or more.
Click the link below to watch video of the dataplate installation, as well as a recent update from Doc’s Friends.
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