Reconditioned American B-29 Bomber ‘Doc’ Makes A Full One-Hour Test Flight

Besides the small problem with a landing gear motor the second flight of ‘Doc,’ a Second World War B-29 bomber, finished its second flight recently after being reconditioned to an airworthy classification in July.

Doc’s flight lasted approximately one hour, flying at an altitude of 4,000 to 5,000 feet on a test east of Wichita, Kansas.

Doc took wing from McConnell Air Force Base shortly after 10 a.m. and landed one hour later.

The flight was uneventful and provided another opportunity to increase the flying hours to meet FAA requirements and move through the testing, said Project Manager Jim Murphy of the Doc’s Friends Restoration Project on their website.

The control services and engines operated as expected. Doc was escorted by a chase plane with spotters in addition to a camera crew to record the event, KWCH12 reported.

Each time they fly the more is learned about the historic bomber, Murphy said. While the flight control surfaces and the engines functioned correctly, a few minor problems need fine-tuning as testing continues. The volunteer restoration and maintenance crews, as well as the flight test crews, have done an amazing job on the project.

Thanks to them, they are near the goal of having fly Doc further and, eventually, makes the warbird capable of being an airborne museum.

Ian Harvey

Ian Harvey is one of the authors writing for WAR HISTORY ONLINE