Meet Doc, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress.
The plane is only one of two in flying condition in the world. Built in 1944 in Wichita, Kansas. Doc never saw any combat missions, but served in New York and Arizona as a radar calibration airplane and as a target tug. Doc was retired in 1956, relegated to being target practice at a Mojave Desert site. In 1987, restorer Tony Mazzolini found Doc and began a 12-year journey to acquire the plane from the government. In 2000, Tony took the plane back to Wichita for renovations. Many workers, volunteers, and donors dedicated tens of thousands of hours and funds for the project. The first flight was in 2016. Doc now serves as a flying museum throughout the country.
Great to see “Doc,” the Boeing B-29 Superfortress flying over Hansville and Kingston today (May 22), and followed back to Boeing Field via online link. I recognized the sound before I saw the flyover, recalled from my early days as a southern California kid (early 1950’s, when it was not uncommon). Thanks to David Carlos for his report via My Edmonds News.
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