WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – For the first time since 1956, the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as “Doc” has taken to the skies.
The Wichita-built bomber lifted off from a McConnell Air Force Base runway Sunday morning after a more than 16-year volunteer restoration effort.
“We wanted to restore history for the future, and hopefully, our younger generations will get a better idea of our accomplishments during that time period,” said Tony Mazzolini, who originally found “Doc”.
Mazzolini found the B-29 plane in the Mojave Desert in 1987, waiting 11 years to finally get “Doc”. A restoration team worked on the Boeing B-29 Superfortress for the past 16 years.
Many lined 47th Street South to watch the takeoff.
“It’s awesome, just awesome. Something, I couldn’t wait to see since they started restoring it,” said Matt Menges, spectator.
“I’m just so glad that it, it did fly,” said Marry Talbott, spectator.
The flight had a 30 minute delayed start. The pilot had trouble closing the bomb bay door. There was also an issue with a warning light.
“When they take a look at the wiring issues or whatever it is with the warning lights, we’ll start looking at scheduling more flights,” said Charlie Tilghman, B-29 pilot.
PHOTO GALLERY OF B-29 SUPERFORTRESS “DOC”MORE INFORMATION:
On the web: www.b-29doc.com