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B-29 Restoration Enters Final Stage Before Flight

  • B-29 Restoration Enters Final Stage Before Flight
    Exactly 70 years after it was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces in Wichita, Kansas, the B-29 Doc is “delivered” again during a rollout ceremony in March.

August 20, 2015 - The World War II B-29 Superfortress Doc is entering the final stages of its restoration and, if all goes well, it will become the world’s second operational B-29 Superfortress by the end of 2015.

Doc’s Friends, the nonprofit volunteer organization restoring Doc, is waiting to receive an airworthiness certificate from the FAA and has already completed an application to perform flight testing out of McConnell Air Force Base in Wichita, Kansas.

Once operational, Doc’s Friends said the organization plans to run the aircraft as a flying museum to accomplish its intended mission.

So far, the restoration has included turbocharger casings installed on all four of the aircraft’s engines, the fuel system is in the process of being fine-tuned, and final avionics components are ready to be installed.

In addition, the FAA has already begun its review of the Aircraft Inspection Plan.

Learn more at the Doc's Friends website.

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