The B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center will open to the public for the first time later this month. Doc’s Friends will host a ribbon-cutting celebration and open house Saturday, January 26 at the new 32,000 sq.ft. facility located at Eisenhower National Airport.
Doors will open at 9 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 26, for the public to gather and the ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. Following the celebration, Doc’s Friends will host an open house from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., giving the public a first-hand look at the new facility, including Doc cockpit tours and merchandise sales. Entry cost for the event will be $10 per person or $20 for families.
Since moving into the new facility in November, the Doc’s Friends team of dedicated volunteers have wasted no time getting to work on winter maintenance operations. That includes engine work, propeller recertifications and other planned maintenance on the historic warbird.
Construction on the $6.5 million facility began in the fall of 2017 and while the hangar and maintenance portions of the facility were completed in November, work on the education and visitors center portion of the project was largely completed earlier this month.
Doc’s Friends will continue its capital fundraising campaign with a need to raise an additional $500,000 to pay for the final construction and design costs of the project, and to launch the educational portion of the facility.