The 2022 Pull a Plane for Education scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 15, is gearing up to be a premiere weekend event with something for all ages.
The event at the B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center in Wichita will not only showcase dozens of teams competing for the fastest time to pull the historic B-29 Doc on the ramp, it will include interactive aviation exhibits and features for all ages, and an evening concert featuring the Bucky Fowler Band and Southern Charm.
The Commemorative Air Force RISE ABOVE traveling exhibit will be at the event showcasing its interactive 53’ trailer, which features a fully-functional movie theater that tells the story the Tuskegee Airmen and the WASP Squadron and the obstacles they both overcame to be able to serve the U.S. during World War II. The presentation’s 160-degree panoramic screen gives those who visit the trailer the feeling of being in the cockpit and soaring above the clouds.
The WSU Tech FutureMaker Mobile Learning Lab will be present to provide interactive learning activities based on technical careers and inspire future generations of aviators through science, technology and mathematics.
Doors open Saturday, Oct. 15 at 9 a.m., to the public and admission will be $10 per person or $25 per family. Admission will include full access to the interactive displays, as well as the spectator area for the Pull a Plane event, which will begin at approximately 1 p.m. Then at 4 p.m., an individual will attempt to pull Doc solo. The Wichita Wagonmasters will be present grilling and serving hamburgers and hot dogs beginning at noon.
The Bucky Fowler Band and Southern Charm will take the stage at 5:30 p.m. for a concert and final event celebration that is also open to the public. Tickets for the evening concert event will be $10 per person and $25 per family. Admission purchased at any time on Saturday is good for the entire day at the B-29 Doc Hangar, Education and Visitors Center.
“We are extremely excited to host the Pull a Plane event for the second time to support the combined missions of WSU Tech Foundation and B-29 Doc,” said Josh Wells, B-29 Doc executive director and general manager. “The funds raised through this unique event will provide scholarship opportunities for students at WSU Tech as we partner to inspire and educate the next generation of aviation workers in our area, and to keep the B-29 Doc mission of operating Doc as a flying tribute to those who have served and continue to serve our nation.”
In addition to the Saturday event, B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides will be available on Sunday, Oct. 16. The flight schedule for Doc on Sunday will be 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m., and tickets are on sale now at www.b29doc.com/rides.
“This event will help build and create opportunities for the success of our students at WSU Tech for years to come,” said Courtney Sendall, WSU Tech Foundation executive director. “We’ve grown this year’s event to include more opportunities for the community to be involved. With the interactive exhibits of the FutureMaker Mobile Learning Lab, the CAF RISE ABOVE trailer and Exploration Place, we will be able to reach and inspire more technical and aviation students who, in the future, will be the backbone of Wichita’s continued excellence in the aviation and manufacturing industry.”
All funds raised from Pull a Plane team registration, and admission, along with Pull a Plane merchandise and food sales during the event will be used to support the WSU Tech Foundation and B-29 Doc’s Friends, Inc.
For more information on the event and our partners, visit these websites:
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.
About WSU Tech Foundation
The WSU Tech Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization that operates independently from the College. WSU Tech Foundation staff solicit and receive contributions to the Foundation from Wichita-area companies, organizations, and individuals whose charitable giving support WSU Tech’s efforts to provide students a better life while providing highly-qualified job candidates for the region’s employers.
About CAF RISE ABOVE
CAF RISE ABOVE (formerly known as the CAF Red Tail Squadron) is our three-fold educational outreach program that brings the history and legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen and Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) to life in communities and classrooms everywhere. What the Tuskegee Airmen and WASP had in common – and what made them ultimately succeed – was the ability to recognize that all of the obstacles they faced could be overcome with hard work and dedication. The timeless lessons they teach us about perseverance and courage are just as applicable today as they were in the 1940s.
About WSU Tech FutureMaker Lab
The FutureMaker Lab Program and mobile unit are a partnership between WSU Tech College and Goodwill Industries to introduce middle, high school, and GED seeking students to careers in science, technology, engineering and math. Participants will be introduced to Career Technical Education (CTE) programs and occupations that are in-demand in the state of Kansas and across the country. The program has grown since inception, and the team works each year to develop new stations to showcase more fields of study with the latest technology.