posted on Mar, 13 2013 @ 10:18 PM
The B-29 known as "Doc", believed to be the last B-29 capable of being restored to flyable condition, has received a new lease on life. A group of
Wichita business owners have formed a group called "Doc's Friends" to continue the restoration on the aircraft.
Work will be performed by volunteers, in a space donated by Boeing, which originally built the aircraft at their Wichita Facility in 1944.
The aircraft was found in the Mojave desert in 1998, and was brought to Wichita in 2000, by Tony Mazzolini and a group of others. They performed much
of the needed restoration work, before a lack of hangar space, and poor economic conditions brought work to a stop. The new group of sponsors, have
said they will not stop work on the aircraft until it is restored, has a permanent home, and is flying as a museum.
This is great to see this project getting started again. The last attempt to restore a B-29 to flying condition resulted in it burning to the ground
on the runway after a lot of work to get her flyable again. Someone left a can of kerosene on a heater in the fuselage (it was found in an ice
field), and during taxi to the runway, it tipped over and caught fire.
There is a picture of Doc in the article, and she looks really good. The restoration appears to be mostly done on the external portions of the
fuselage. Some flight controls are missing still, but she's looking good.
A vintage B-29 has been given a new lease on life thanks to a group of Wichita, Kansas, business leaders who are determined to see the airplane
restored to flying condition. A new non-profit group, "Doc’s Friends," has taken ownership of the airplane and will support the effort to
refurbish the vintage airplane. It is believed that Doc is the last known Boeing B-29 Superfortress that is restorable to flying condition.
Doc was originally built in Boeing Wichita’s Plant II facility in 1944. The plane was rescued from the California desert in 1998 and brought to
Wichita in 2000 by aviation enthusiast Tony Mazzolini and a host of dedicated volunteers. Mazzolini and the volunteers made great strides restoring
the aircraft before efforts stalled due to poor economic conditions and available hangar space.
Doc’s Friends, a group of Wichita aviation enthusiasts, was recently formed to help make Mazzolini’s dream of a flying museum come true. The board
is chaired by Jeff Turner; other members include Charlie Chandler, Jack Pelton, Steve Clark, Lynn Nichols, Brad Gorsuch, Vic McMullen, and Ron Ryan.
The airplane was recently moved from a storage hangar to active hangar space donated by Boeing, which will allow volunteers to resume work to restore