WICHITA, Kansas – After thousands of hours of volunteer work, the historic B-29 known as Doc was rolled out.
On track to fly later this year, Doc is one of only two restored B-29s in flying condition. Part of a squadron of eight planes named for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Doc was originally built in 1944 and was delivered to the Army Air Forces from Boeing Wichita’s Plant II, now home to Spirit AeroSystems.
In preparation to its first flight, Spirit President and CEO, Larry Lawson, ceremonially delivered Doc to representatives of the U.S. Air Force.
Tony Mazzolini and others found and rescued Doc from the California desert in 1987, where it was being used for military target practice. Restoration began in California and resumed when the plane returned to Wichita in 2000. Doc’s Friends, a group of Wichita business leaders and aviation enthusiasts, was formed in 2013 to help carry out Mazzolini’s dream of transforming Doc into a flying museum.
“We haven’t fired up the engines yet, and we haven’t done the taxi test and things like that we need to do, but it looks pretty good,” said Jeff Turner, Doc’s Friends and retired Spirit AeroSystems CEO
The group was formed in 2013 and is led by Turner along with other Wichita business leaders.
Doc’s Friends is committed to returning this World War II warbird to the air to honor previous generations, educate current and future generations, and connect the world to the rich heritage of aviation.
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