Flying into the hearts and minds of the next generation…
The task of restoring Doc spanned more than two decades from the Mojave Desert in California to its birthplace in Wichita, Kansas. Volunteers spent more than 450,000 hours restoring the majestic warbird to give it life for generations to come.
Doc’s mission today 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.
B-29 Doc, up-close and personal; the experience of a lifetime!
B-29 Doc itself is one of only two remaining B-29 Superfortresses still flying today. Builtin 1944 as one of 1,644 B-29s manufactured by the Boeing Company, Doc’s Friends has given new life to the warbird that helped deliver absolute victory to America and its allies during World War II. Each year, the aircraft logs more than 100 flight hours and travels to cities across the United States for air shows and B-29 Doc History Restored Tours stops, which include allowing people to get an up-close and personal look inside a B-29. Additionally, B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides give warbird enthusiasts a unique look into the warbird that helped protect freedom.
Your donation, no matter the size, will go directly to supporting Doc’s mission and long-term goals. Whether you donate to the operations fund for flight and maintenance operations, or if you want to be involved in the B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center, your involvement is key to the success of Doc’s mission. At this time, B-29 Doc and Doc’s Friends, Inc., is a 100% volunteer-led organization, which means all revenues generated by the aircraft tours and donations are used to fund the operation and sustainment of B-29 Doc.
The Legacy and Mission of B-29 Doc
B-29 Doc History Restored Tour
Each year, B-29 Doc travels to cities across the United States to allow aviation enthusiasts and warbird fans a chance to see B-29 Doc up-close and personal. Doc’s annual tour mission includes an average of 100 flight hours, beginning in early April and spanning through the summer until late October.
Tour stops include ground and flight deck tours (static display) as well as B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides and air show demonstration flights.
B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center
The B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center provides a unique and one-of-a-kind look into aviation history. Located in Wichita, Kan., at Eisenhower National Airport, the 42,000 sq. ft. facility is an interactive experience for all ages.
B-29 Doc serves as the backdrop for the public to enjoy bits of history, science, technology, engineering and mathematics that go hand-in-hand with aviation. As a real-life maintenance center, B-29 Doc volunteers will be actively working to maintain the historic warbird while visitors watch, ask questions and learn about the marvels of B-29 Doc.
The McIllwaine Foundation Education Flight Deck
Science | Technology | Engineering | Mathematics
Today, a curriculum that is STEM-based utilizes real-life situations to help students learn. Using B-29 Doc as a backdrop inside the B-29 Doc Education Center, children of all ages will have opportunities to see how STEM concepts related to aviation and shaped our nation’s history, sparking a passion for a future career in STEM fields.
The Patriots Plaza at the B-29 Doc Hangar, Education & Visitors Center is the centerpiece for all who visit the facility and serves as a foundation to place a lasting memorial for a loved one, honor a veteran or add your message of support to those who have dedicated their lives to serve our nation to protect freedom, along with those who have volunteered to keep B-29 Doc flying.
Join Doc’s Legacy of Honor.
Doc is a B-29 Superfortress and one of 1,644 manufactured in Wichita during World War II. Doc was found in 1987 sitting and rotting away in the Mojave Desert. Since then the historic warbird has been restored to flying status, serving as a flying museum.Learn More