Ride in B-29 Doc!
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 veteran’s 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.
Upcoming Ride Dates and Locations
Heavy Bombers Weekend in Madison, WI: July 19-21
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.
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.