While I’m in the midst of describing things B-29 it would be remiss of me not to mention a B-29 that lives about 200 miles from me and which may be returning to the skies in the near future. This is Boeing B-29-70-BW Superfortress 44-69972 “Doc” which has been under restoration to flying status for a number of years by a team of volunteers and Boeing veterans for many years. In June 2015 when I went to visit the Kansas Aviation Museum I could see Doc’s highly polished metalwork gleaming from quite a distance away. Back in September I witnessed (remotely) its engines running for the first time in many years. More recently we hear that the FAA has granted a special airworthiness certificate to the venerable machine – see the story about it here.
Even better, the Department of Defense has approved use of a “non-joint-use runway” next door at McConnell AFB for ground testing and the first flight. I look forward to this with some anticipation.
Read more about Doc’s story at his website. http://www.b-29doc.com