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A Home for Doc

The new home for Doc will be an interactive B-29 Hangar and Education Center. Your gift will help us finalize our flight plan. Generations to come will have the opportunity to enjoy and experience this prominent figure in our nation's history. B-29 Doc will act as a back drop inside the center for the public to enjoy bits of science, technology, engineering and mathematics that go hand-in-hand with aviation.

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Wichita's unique aviation history, one-of-a-kind workforce and donors from across the world made it possible to rebuild and restore Doc. Retired aviation workers and countless other volunteers spent more than 350,000 hours working to bring the B-29 Doc back to life. Now, as one of only two flyable B-29 Superfortresses, it's time to build a home for Doc.

With your help, we can make the B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center a reality.

B-29 Doc: Built, served and rescued

The path to restoration for B-29 Doc was not easy. One of 1,644 B-29s manufactured in Wichita at the Boeing facility during World War II, Doc was built in 1944 and delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corp in 1945. Before Doc could be put into service, the war ended and Doc was assigned to a radar calibration squadron in New York. In 1955, Doc was decommissioned and sent to the U.S. Navy to be used as a target on the floor of the Mojave Desert. More than 40 years of being shot at and serving as a home to desert wildlife, Doc was mostly forgotten and destined for destruction. 

Enter Tony Mazzolini. A retired Air Force and B-29 flight engineer. After years of being told the Navy didn’t have any B-29s, he finally took possession of Doc in 1998—trading the Navy their “target” for a B-25 he found and restored so they Navy could put it on display.

Doc’s Mission: A flying tribute

In the months since the warbird returned to flight, Doc has traveled thousands of miles and logged dozens of hours of flight time serving as a flying tribute to the men and women who designed, built, maintained and flew the B-29 to protect America’s freedom during World War II. 

Specifically, Doc’s Friends mission is to honor the history of our nation and the heroes who have served to defend freedom; connect people to the rich heritage of Wichita aviation history and the importance of the B-29; and to educate future generations with hands-on and unique learning opportunities using STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) education. 

 

B-29 Doc on the ramp at Whiteman Air Force Base in June, 2017
B-29 Doc on the ramp at Whiteman Air Force Base in June, 2017

 

 

Risks and challenges

Over the past 17 years, volunteers have spend more than 350,000 hours restoring this warbird. Now, we are the verge of giving their hard work a permanent home.

The 32,000 sq ft facility will be located in Wichita, KS. Pending final design approval, construction is expected to begin in September of this year and be completed in September of 2018. As with any construction project, weather could delay the project, but a weather contingency plan is built into the timeline.

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    Instant Reward: B-29 Doc Calendar

    The B-29 Doc calendar includes breathtaking and high-quality images of Doc in flight taken by Paul Bowen and Brett Schauf. The calendar include July 2017 through December 2018. The first 25 people who pledge $101 dollars will receive this instant reward that will be mailed to these backers in a matter of days. You can see the calendar here: http://www.b-29doc.com/product/b-29-doc-calendar/ -- but remember, it's FREE if you pledge $101 today! NOTE: You must give your name and email address in your pledge so that we can contact you for your mailing address.

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    Receive a Doc B-29 limited edition window cutout with stand and a certificate of appreciation, plus regular project updates and your name listed on the Doc's Friends website as a member of the B-29 Kickstarter Supporters.

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    Receive a small engraved brick to be placed at the hangar, a Doc B-29 limited edition window cutout with stand, a special invitation to the Grand Opening and your name displayed inside the hangar. You will also receive a certificate of appreciation, plus regular project updates and your name listed on the Doc's Friends website as a member of the B-29 Kickstarter Supporters.

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    Receive a large engraved granite tile to be placed at the hangar, a Doc B-29 limited edition window cutout with stand, a special invitation to the Grand Opening and your name displayed inside the hangar. You will also receive a certificate of appreciation, plus regular project updates and your name listed on the Doc's Friends website as a member of the B-29 Kickstarter Supporters.

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