Weather forces B-29 Doc to cancel Oklahoma City tour stop
A winter weather system forecast to impact Kansas and Oklahoma over the next few days has led to the cancelation of the B-29 Doc tour stop in Oklahoma City that was scheduled for Monday, Oct. 28, through Thursday, Oct. 31.
The B-29 Superfortress known as Doc was scheduled to arrive at Wiley Post Airport Monday afternoon, Oct. 28, following a weekend appearance at the Sheppard Air Force Base Guardians of Freedom Airshow in Wichita Falls, TX. Forecasted low temperatures and the potential for freezing precipitation through the week led to the change of plans for Doc.
“The National Weather Service is predicting a cold blast of temperatures in Oklahoma and Kansas, along with chances of freezing precipitation, neither of which are ideal for operating B-29 Doc,” said Josh Wells, Doc’s Friends general manager and executive director. “For fans of B-29 Doc and warbirds, we are very disappointed to have had to make this decision. But the safe and long-term operation of Doc is our top priority, and weather issues in Oklahoma will simply not allow us to make the tour stop.”
Meanwhile, those who have purchased tickets for B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides for the Oklahoma City tour stop will receive a full refund.
“With the scheduled end of the 2019 tour season drawing near for B-29 Doc, the tour stop in Oklahoma City will not be rescheduled in 2019,” Wells said. “The tour planning team is working on the 2020 tour schedule and we will look for opportunities to add Oklahoma and Oklahoma City to the B-29 Doc tour plan in the near future.”
Following the show performance Sunday in Wichita Falls, TX at Sheppard Air Force Base, Doc will return to its home base in Wichita, KS, Monday morning ahead of the arrival of the winter weather system.