Doc’s Friends announces additional ride flights and hangar status

Additional ride flight opportunities have been added to the B-29 Doc flight schedule for Wichita, KS, Midland, TX, and St. Louis, MO as part of the B-29 Doc Experience under the FAA’s Living History Flight Experience (LFHE) program.

 

“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.

Meanwhile construction continues to be on-schedule for the B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center which is expected to be completed in mid to late October.  

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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.  The photos below were taken July 19, 2018

“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.

12 Comments

  • Bill Hardy says:

    Happy to hear your offering rides. Have flown in FiFi B-29 and Nine-O-Nine B-17. Looking forward to a ride in “DOC” Pls. let me know when your in Florida. Quite a few War Bird Shows here. 469972 your clear for take-off! 😉 Bill Hardy

  • Bob Deutsch Former S/Sgt Right Scanner on "DOC" says:

    Not only did I fly on DOC but I am the one that named the birds in our squadron after Snow White, the seven dwarfs and the wicked which. I also was the editor of a squadron book showing everyone in the squadron in addition to all the planes. I’ve got great stories to share in addition to Boeing making copies of my book. The only thing left on my Bucket list is to ride on “Doc” as I did 65 years ago.

  • Don L. Stockett says:

    I would urge anyone who cares about the Doc’s Hanger project to consider donating a “brick” in memory of someone important to them, mine is dedicated to the memory of the 12 KIA aboard B-29 #42-6261, Stockett’s Rocket, which disappeared over the Himalayas in China on June 15, 1944. This aircraft was named after my Uncle Marvin M. Stockett, Aircraft Commander, and it has never been found. My granite brick will serve as a proper memorial to them within the United States, so their bravery won’t be forgotten.

  • Col. Harry Anderson, USAF Ret. says:

    I flew my first flight in the B-29 in July, l948..My last 2 years of Flying the B-29 ended in l953, flying as Aircraft Commander/Instructor Pilot with the 90 Bm. Gp. at Forbes AFB, Topeka, Ka.

  • William A. Arnold USAF Security Service Retired says:

    May the person/people that brought this project forward be rewarded greatly. It cannot be praised enough.

  • Chuck McPherson says:

    I live in Lawrenceville, GA. How can youbring DOC to our airport. Would love to buy a ride. I was an aircraft electrician in the Air Force, and in the late 50s we checked out on trouble shooting on a B-29.

  • I LOOK BACK WITH PRIDE AT MY MANY DAY’S, WEEK’S, AND YEARS I SPENT IN HELPING TO BRING DOC
    BACK INTO LIFE, AND ALL THE VETERANS AND PEOPLE THAT WILL LEARN AND ENJOY THE SAGA OF THE
    B-29 IN OUR HISTORY. MY ONLY REGRETS ARE THE VETERANS WHOM HAVE PASSED BEFORE DOC WAS
    FINISHED AND FLYING WILL HAVE MISSED THIS TIME IN OUR HISTORY. I AM VERY PLEASED THAT DOC WILL BE A TOOL AND MEMORY FOR ALL TO SHARE NOW AND IN THE FUTURE, FOR PAST, PRESENT AND
    FUTURE GENERATIONS. WAYNE McPHERSON GOMES aah past project public relations officer and author.

  • john jusko says:

    This is what the preservation of our aeronautical history is about and the B-29 is worth saving all the time and i hope one day i see the B-29 in SAN DIEGO CA which is my home town and flying around in the city of EL CAJON by next year 2019.

  • Harold Johnson says:

    Doc take e back to 1952-1953. The B29 was the first airplane that I took flight engineer training. I was one of the first few black airman to become a flight engineer. My first flight was sitting in the nose as the forward observer. When the Korean war ended, my crew and I were transferred to Forbes AFB, Topeka Kansas. Later I transitioned to C-133, C-5, C-124 and C-130s. I miss my flying days. I will always cherish the memories of the B-29.

  • Robert P Hunter says:

    Love it! Have some 800 hours as a Bombardier in them during the Cold War from May 1951 till February 1953 on a ready crew in the great Strategic Air Command at Barksdale AFB in Shreveport, LA. Many friends served in them with the Korean deal at the same time.

  • Byron larson says:

    Hoping Doc will come to Joint base Lewis McCord air show one day so we can all see it!

  • Larry Dennison says:

    I was born in 1943, and at that time my dad was foreman at Boeing Wichita on final assembly as the B29 rolled out the door. I do remember them a little later. It was a very strong bird.