B-29 “Doc”

Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, 509th Bomb Wing commander, Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., conducts pre-flight checks on Doc, a restored B-29 Superfortress, June 9, 2017, on McConnell Air Force Base, Kan. Tibbets’ grandfather, retired Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr., piloted the ‘Enola Gay,’ during WWII and dropped the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare. (U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Tara Fadenrecht)

Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV Flies B-29 “Doc”

  Wichita’s beloved B-29 Superfortress, “Doc”, took to the skies yet again June 9, from McConnell Air Force Base, this time with an added aspect of historical significance and Air Force heritage. Sitting in the co-pilot seat was Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, 509th Bomb Wing commander. Taking control of the aircraft means he has now flown the only two[Read More…]

by June 12, 2017 1 comment B-29 "Doc"
Doc emerging from the hangar. (photo by Brett Schauf VLG LLC)

B-29 “Doc” Ready For First Tour Stop at Barksdale Air Force Base

On Thursday May 4th, 2017, the fully restored Boeing B-29 Superfortress, known to us all as “Doc”, logged a successful maintenance flight, clearing the way for the iconic warbird’s first air show stop this weekend at Barksdale Air Force Base in Bossier City, Louisiana for the Defenders of Liberty Air Show. “The airplane performed perfectly,” said Jim Murphy, Doc’s Friends[Read More…]

by May 5, 2017 1 comment B-29 "Doc", Warbirds News
Doc emerging from the hangar. (photo by Brett Schauf VLG LLC)

B-29 “Doc” Makes Oshkosh!

B-29 Doc will make four national tour stops through the first half of the 2017 summer tour season. Doc’s Friends, Inc., the group operating the fully restored B-29 Boeing Superfortress, announced the first half of its tour plan, which includes stops in Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Wisconsin. B-29 Doc will make the following tour stops: B-29 Doc Open House: Yingling[Read More…]

by March 21, 2017 3 comments B-29 "Doc", Warbird Restorations
Doc emerging from the hangar. (photo by Brett Schauf VLG LLC)

B-29 Doc Clears ‘Phase One’ of Flight Test Operations

B-29 Doc has officially completed ‘phase one’ of its flight test operations. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) approved a new airworthiness certificate for the historic warbird. The FAA approval means Doc’s Friends, Inc. can begin touring with the airplane with reduced flight limitations.“We’ve been working for the past several months with the Wichita FAA office, along with the FAA team[Read More…]

by March 11, 2017 0 comments B-29 "Doc", Warbirds News
A video-still from Scott Slocum's film during Doc's first flight. (video via Doc's Friends)

Doc’s First Flight Air-to-Air Video

With the amazing news last week from Wichita, Kansas which saw the first post-restoration flight for the B-29 Super Fortress known as Doc, we can now share the air-to-air video taken by Scott Slocum provided to us by Doc’s Friends. The noted aerial photographer was flying in the back seat of Doug Rozendaal’s chase plane during the flight, and captured some[Read More…]