B-29 “Doc”

Doc emerging from the hangar. (photo by Brett Schauf VLG LLC)

FAA Deems B-29 Doc Airworthy, First Flight Imminent

As some of our readers will know by now, the Federal Aviation Administration awarded the Boeing B-29 Suprfortrss known as ‘Doc’ her Airworthiness Certificate today. Doc’s Friends is now planning the first flight for the mighty WWII bomber as I type! It is an auspicious day, especially as ‘Doc’ first arrived in Wichita, Kansas to begin her transformation from a dusty[Read More...]

Doc running up her engines during the dynamic propeller balancing efforts this past week. (video-image-capture via Doc's Friends)

B-29 Superfortress ‘Doc’ – May 7th, 2016 Restoration Update

Doc’s Friends reported on Friday that their restoration team working to return the B-29 Superfortress known as ‘Doc’ to flying condition is making the final push to get the aircraft ready for the FAA inspection. They recently collaborated with Pedron Aircraft Works of Denton, Texas to run the dynamic propeller balance on each of the WWII bomber’s four, 16 1/2[Read More...]

Doc entering Air Capital Flight Line's hangar for protection from the severe weather system approaching Wichita, Kansas. Doc will likely stay in the hangar through the weekend to shelter from the storms. (screen capture from Doc's Friend's latest video update)

B-29 Super Fortress ‘Doc’ – Status Update – April 22nd, 2016

We have a little more news from Doc’s Friends about the restoration of B-29 Super Fortress ‘Doc’ at their base in Wichita, Kansas. They are continuing to work with the FAA on the last few items remaining on the punch list before they receive the B-29′s airworthiness certificate. The team reckons they have completed just over 90% of the checks/fixes necessary to[Read More...]

A screen shot of video showing the Doc's recent engine runs following the winter layoff. (photo via Doc's Friends)

Doc’s First Engine Runs for 2016 – First Flight Imminent

Following a hiatus over the winter, due to the cold temperatures, the B-29 known throughout the world as ‘Doc’ ran her engines again for the first time in 2016. The last few weeks have seen a flurry of activity on the vintage bomber in Wichita, Kansas as her restoration team prepares for her first flight. One of the final restoration requirements[Read More...]

B-29 Doc Exceeds Kickstarter Goal

B-29 Doc Exceeds Kickstarter Goal

Following a successful 30-day Kickstarter campaign, “Doc,” the historic warbird soon to become the world’s second operational Boeing B-29 Superfortress, has secured the additional funding the restoration team needs to support the WWII-era bomber’s flight-testing phase. Doc’s Friends, the aircraft’s non-profit support group, concluded their campaign with 1,007 backers pledging a total of US$159,151, significantly exceeding their original goal of US$137,500.[Read More...]

by October 30, 2015 1 comment B-29 "Doc", Warbird Restorations