B-29 Doc to Host Wichita Warbird Weekend

Doc sitting out in the sunshine. (photo by Brett Schauf VLG LLC)
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PRESS RELEASE – B-29 Doc will host two other World War II-era aircraft in partnership with the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) Fourth of July Weekend, July 2-5, 2021, in Wichita, Kansas.

The event will feature B-29 Doc, along with B-17 Aluminum Overcast and B-25 Berlin Express, and will give warbird fans a unique, up-close and personal opportunity to see the three American bombers that helped win World War II.

The bomber was built in 1944 and was delivered to the U.S. Army at the end of World War II. It was eventually sold as surplus for just $750, and spent nearly 40 years doing assorted jobs ranging from a firebomber in the western United States to a mapping aircraft over the Middle East.

“We are tremendously excited to host this event and partner with the EAA to showcase three WWII-era bombers that served to protect freedom in both the European and Pacific Theaters of the war,” said Josh Wells, Doc’s Friends general manager and executive director. “This will be the largest event hosted by our team in Wichita since the opening of the B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center and we’re confident it will be a highlight for the summer in Wichita and across the state of Kansas.”

Berlin Express on her first post-restoration flight on April 20, 2019 (photo by Jim Busha)

All three aircraft will be on static display and open for ground and cockpit tours Friday, July 2 at the B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center. The aircraft will each operate ride flights on Saturday, July 3 and Sunday, July 4. The aircraft will be on static display the remainder of the weekend unless serving ride flight customers.

“The opportunity to bring our bombers to Wichita to be featured alongside Doc was something we said ‘yes’ to immediately,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety, who is one of the few individuals who have flown all three aircraft. “The history and legacy of these airplanes is surpassed only by the courage of the crews that flew these aircraft types in combat. We are proud to honor their memories during this reunion.”

Tickets for B-29 Doc Flight Experiences at the Wichita Warbird Weekend are on sale now via the B-29 Doc website at www.b29doc.com. Flight tickets for the EAA’s B-25 and B-17 can be purchased via the “Events and Experiences” tab at EAA.org.

“Preserving history and sharing these warbirds to honor the Greatest Generation, while honoring our past, current and future heroes is the common mission for both B-29 Doc and the EAA B-17 and B-25 teams,” Wells continued. “As the Air Capital of the World, Wichita is the perfect host for this event, and we look forward to the opportunity to showcase these national treasures on our ramp at Eisenhower National Airport.”

Further details on the arrival of the EAA aircraft, as well as hours for static ground tours will be announced as they are finalized.

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