B-29 Doc and the Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) B-25 Berlin Express will join together for multiple tour stops in Florida and Louisiana to kick off the 2022 tour season for both historic aircraft.
The two historic World War II-era aircraft will tour together in Tallahassee, FL (March 31-April 3), at Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo in Lakeland, FL (April 5-10), and Monroe, LA (April 14-17). The joint History Restored Tour will include ground and cockpit tours for both warbirds, as well as B-29 and B-25 ride flight experience at each location.
“Bringing these two historic and iconic warbirds together to honor the legacy of those who designed, built, flew and maintained these aircraft will be a unique and one-of-a-kind event,” said Josh Wells, B-29 Doc executive director and general manager. “We are excited to partner with the EAA team to continue our joint mission of honoring the Greatest Generation.”
Ride tickets are on sale now for both aircraft. B-29 Doc Flight Experience tickets can be purchased at www.b29doc.com/rides, while ride flight tickets for the EAA’s B-25 Berlin Express can be found at www.FlyTheB25.org.
“The rare opportunity to see living aviation history is even more unforgettable when these two iconic aircraft appear together at these upcoming stops,” said Sean Elliott, EAA’s vice president of advocacy and safety, who leads the EAA’s air operations team. “These joint appearances bring the history and heroism of World War II out of the books and videos to a personal experience and a tribute to people who defended freedom.”
“The joint tour will give warbird fans a unique opportunity to see the aircraft that helped defend freedom and gave the Allies the victory over oppression during World War II,” Wells said. “Having both aircraft on tour together will allow us to further tell those stories and honor the men and women who have served our nation, and who continue to fight to protect freedom at home and abroad.”
Event Details for the B-29 & B-25 History Restored Tour in Tallahassee, FL
The event will be hosted by EAA Chapter 445 at Tallahassee International Airport (3300 Capital Circle SW), Thursday, March 31, through Sunday, April 3. Gates will open Thursday and Friday, March 31 and April 1 for static ground and flight deck tours from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Ground and flight deck tours will also be available Saturday, April 2 and Sunday, April 3 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., following morning ride flights. For details about B-29 Doc Flight Experience, visit www.b29doc.com/rides, and for details about B-25 Berlin Express rides, visit www.FlyTheB25.org
Event Details for the B-29 and B-25 History Restored Tour at Sun ‘n Fun Aerospace Expo
Both aircraft will arrive at Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, FL, on Monday, April 4. The B-29 and B-25 will be featured as static displays Tuesday, April 5 through Sunday, April 10. The location of those displays will be announced prior to the event. B-29 Doc and B-25 Berlin Express ride flights will be available throughout the week of the air show. Visit www.b29doc.com/rides or www.FlyThe25.org for schedule information and seat availability.
Event Details for the B-29 & B-25 History Restored Tour in Monroe, LA
AvFlight Monroe will host the event at Monroe Regional Airport (5410 Operations Road), Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17. Gates will open Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15 for static ground and flight deck tours from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Ground and flight deck tours will also be available Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., following morning ride flights. For details about B-29 Doc Flight Experience, visit www.b29doc.com/rides, and for details about B-25 Berlin Express rides, visit www.FlyTheB25.org
About Doc’s Friends and B-29 Doc
Doc’s Friends, Inc., is a 501c3 non-profit board managing the operation of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as Doc. Doc is a B-29 Superfortress and one of 1,644 manufactured in Wichita during World War II. It is one of only two remaining B-29s that are still airworthy and flying today. The mission of Doc’s Friends is to HONOR the men and women who sacrificed so much for the freedom of others, including those who designed, built, maintained and flew the B-29 during and after WWII. CONNECT people with the rich heritage of the B-29 and allow aviation enthusiasts to experience the thrill of a B-29 up close. EDUCATE today’s and future generations on the contributions of the Greatest Generation during wartime.
The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) is based in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, and embodies The Spirit of Aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 250,000 members and 900 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAA.
About B-25 Berlin Express
EAA’s B-25 Mitchell bomber represents the hundreds of these medium bombs used by the Allies during World War II in campaigns around the world. Its restoration was completed in 2019 and it is now painted in the markings of the Berlin Express, the airplane it portrayed in the movie Catch-22. More information is available at FlyTheB25.org.