B-29 “Doc” Makes Oshkosh!

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

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 Aviation, Wichita, Kan., April 22
  • Defenders of Liberty: Barksdale Air Force Base, Bossier City, La., May 6-7
  • Wings Over Whiteman: Whiteman Air Force Base, Knob Noster, Mo., June 10-11
  • EAA AirVenture: Oshkosh, Wis., July 24-20

“Our vision throughout the restoration project has been to share this historic warbird with the world by operating Doc as a flying museum to honor those who built, maintained and flew B-29s to protect America’s freedom at home and abroad,” said Jim Murphy, Doc’s Friends Restoration Program Manager. “Taking Doc on tour in 2017 is just the first step in our overall mission. We want to educate current and future generations on the contributions made by the Greatest Generation during wartime.”

In addition to the four tour stops being announced today, Doc’s Friends, Inc., is in contract negotiations with four other air shows that would include stops in Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas later in the year. More information on those potential tour stops will be released in the coming weeks.Meanwhile, Doc’s maintenance crew has nearly completed the planned winter maintenance program and will begin running engines and preparing for a return to flight in early April.

A video-still from Scott Slocum's film during Doc's first flight. (video via Doc's Friends)
A video-still from Scott Slocum’s film during Doc’s first flight. (video via Doc’s Friends)

“This will be a historic year for our airplane, and to say we’re excited about our plans to tour in 2017 is an understatement,” Murphy continued. “I can’t say enough about our dedicated team of volunteers. Not only have they put in thousands of hours to restore our warbird, they continue to work hard to ensure the airplane is able to embark on its 2017 tour schedule.”

More information about Doc’s 2017 tour schedule is available online at www.b-29.com/events.

 

3 Comments

  1. EXCELENT IDEA, AND AUTOMATICALLY CREATE JOBS, CONGRATULATIONS, I WAS A PILOT IN CUBA, TEXAN AT-6 1963 NOTHING LAKE PROPEELAS.

  2. RE: Wichita April 22 Open House. Is a ticket/ invitation required or is this a free event open to the public?

  3. Re Wichita April 22 open house – Is a ticket/ invitation required, or is this a free event open to the public?

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