Doc’s Friends, Inc. has announced additional ride flight opportunities in Wichita, Midland, Texas and St. Louis as part of the B-29 Doc Experience under the FAA’s Living History Flight Experience program.
The organization that owns and operates B-29 Doc, one of only two flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress aircraft in the world, also provided an update on the 32,000 sq.ft. B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center being built in Wichita, Kan.
“The B-29 Doc Flight Experience provides a unique perspective into what it was like for our nation’s war heroes to fly in a B-29 Superfortress to protect freedom during one of our nation’s greatest challenges,” said Josh Wells, director, B-29 Doc’s Friends. “Passengers will experience the sights and sounds of the B-29 that only a few have ever been able to experience. A ride on Doc will change your perspective on aviation and the heroes of World War II.”
Each B-29 Doc Flight Experience will last approximately 90 minutes and include a 30 minute ride. Prior to takeoff, passengers will experience a crew briefing and learn more about the history of the B-29 and the role it played in U.S. history. Passengers will also get to hear and see the sights and sounds of engine starts and run-ups prior to takeoff.
The B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center in Wichita will be complete in mid to late October of this year.
The hangar will give the public an opportunity to see first-hand what the B-29 Doc volunteers do to maintain the historic warbird. The education center portion of the hangar will include hands-on learning experiences that highlight the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) that created the world’s first high-altitude, all-electric bomber. Children and students, as well as adults of all ages, will learn more about the Greatest Generation and the men and women who designed, built, flew and maintained the B-29 to protect freedom around the world.
“Doc’s mission is to honor those who served our nation, educate future generations and connect people to Wichita’s historic role in our nation’s aviation industry and freedom around the world. The B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center will be the catalyst in connecting today’s generation with the Greatest Generation. It will give all visitors, young and old, a one-of-a-kind and hands-on learning experience about the B-29 and its critical role in shaping the world we know today,” Wells said.
Details about ongoing fundraising efforts for the hangar and education center, as well as the B-29 Doc Flight Experience Program, are available at www.B29Doc.com.