Fly through the skies in B-29 Doc, a rare World War II bomber! Experience a piece of history 8,000 feet up, as you find yourself where veterans once sat as they fought for freedom.
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 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.
Seat Locations and Pricing
Each B-29 Doc Flight Experience flight has nine seats: Bombardier ($1,500), Cockpit/Pilot Observer ($1,200), Navigator ($1,200) and six Gunner seats ($600 each). The bombardier, cockpit/pilot observer and navigator seats are in the forward section (front) of the aircraft, while the six gunner seats are in the aft section of the aircraft. Each seat provides its own unique, one-of-a-kind experience with seat-specific views and experiences.
The B-29 Doc 2021 tour season for B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides has come to a close for the year.
The 2022 schedule will be announced in mid-December.
Are there any passenger restrictions?
Each passenger must be able to climb a 6′ ladder and enter the crew entry door, which is 19″ wide and 32″ tall in the aft section. Passengers must also be able to climb through the pressure bulkhead door (circle) which is 29.5″ inches in diameter.
For the forward section, passengers must be able to climb a 6′ ladder and enter through the forward crew entry door, which is 37″ x 29″.
All passengers onboard B-29 Doc must also be able to sit in a seat with a seatbelt fastened and must be able to respond to commands from the flight crew, if necessary, during flight.
NOTE REGARDING COVID-19
Doc’s Friends, Inc., is taking all reasonable precautions to protect the B-29 Doc crew as well as passengers in the fight against the spread of COVID-19. All B-29 Doc Flight Experience passengers will be required to wear a mask (one will be provided to each passenger) during the flight. Additionally, the aircraft and all contact surfaces inside the aircraft will be sanitized/disinfected prior to each flight.
What is the cost to operate a B-29 Superfortress?
It’s one of the most common questions we receive: How much does it cost to operate Doc?
Well, when most people go to the gas station, the cost ranges from $50-$100 depending upon how many gallons of gas you purchase and the price of gas. When we go to the gas station to get fuel for Doc, well, it’s a bit more complicated (and expensive)!
On average, Doc burns approximately 450 gallons of 100LL (avgas) per flight hour. And, on average, the price per gallon of 100LL is $5.70. That means for only one hour of flying time, it costs approximately $2,500 in fuel alone. But wait, there’s more!
In addition to fuel and oil costs, we must also take into consideration propeller, engine and maintenance reserves and costs.
So, all-in, the estimated cost per flight hour is about $3,600. And, we typically fly about 10-15 hours per month so…yeah, it’s a big number.
Why do we do it? That’s simple: Honor. Educate. Connect.
What’s is like to ride in B-29 Doc?
That’s a great question! Many of our riders say it’s a breathtaking, overwhelming and once-in-a-lifetime, bucket list experience. Click on the video below for a peek inside during the flight, but we promise…the real thing is MUCH better!
Honor. Educate. Connect.
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.