“Doc” is a B-29 Superfortress and one of 1,644 manufactured in Wichita during World War II. Since 1987 when Tony Mazzolini found Doc on sitting and rotting away in the Mojave Desert, plans have been in the works to restore the historic warbird to flying status to serve as a flying museum.
Over the past 15+ years, hundreds of volunteers have worked on Doc and the restoration project. Skilled workers and retirees from Wichita’s aviation industry, veterans, active duty military and others wanting to honor those who served, have spent tens of thousands of hours on Doc’s restoration. Countless individuals and organizations also made financial and in-kind contributions to keep the project going.
Doc is currently embarked on the History Restored Tour, traveling to 14 locations honor, educate, and connect with people all over the country; offering the opportunity to experience history first-hand at a thrilling 8,000 feet.
B-29 Doc will be hosted by AvFlight Monroe at Monroe Regional Airport (KMLU) April 19-22. Doc will arrive in Monroe Monday, April 19 and will be available for ground and cockpit tours Tuesday, April 20, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides will be available at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., Wednesday, April 21 and Thursday, April 22, followed by ground and flight deck tours on those days from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. For details about the B-29 Doc Flight Experience and to purchase ride tickets, visit www.b29doc.com/rides.
Admission for the static display event and flight deck tours will be $10 per person. For more information, visit the History Restored Tour website.