Tony Mazzolini and his army of volunteers recovered the airplane from the California desert, they foun abandon on the China Lake Naval Weapons Center in the barren Mojave Desert, in 1987. He was backed by the United States Aviation Museum. The mission was incredible: recovering a World War II B-29 Superfortress Bomber and restoring it to flying condition. The aircraft was the last remaining B-29 available for restoration.
Rescuing Doc the B-29 from the China Lake Bombing range
Scrounging parts for Doc the B29
Doc was originally built in 1944 at Boeing in Wichita and delivered to the Army Air Force. In May 1945, it was assigned to the Third Air Force.. The airplane was part of a squadron known as Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.
He later had it moved to Wichita in 2000 for a full restoration.Volunteers in Wichita, Kansas, who are working to restore a B-29 Superfortress named Doc have brought the massive airplane close to completion and are getting ready to return the bomber to the skies before the new year. In February of 2013, Doc was acquired by “Doc’s Friends” and the restoration of the B-29 Superfortress resumed.
Doc's New Home
Doc's Friends is a non-profit volunteer organization, founded in early 2013 with a vision to see the historic Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as Doc restored as a flying museum.
Doc's Friends Restoration Video
The Wichita Aero Club hosted an open house on May 12, 2014, to show off the progress of the restoration of the B-29 called Doc.
B-29 expected to be flyable by year's end
The nearly 15-year effort to restore to flying condition the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as Doc marked a milestone on Monday as volunteers rolled out the airplane from its hangar during a ceremony at Air Capital Flight Line, formerly Boeing Wichita, on south Oliver. It would be only the second B-29 in the world in flying condition – once it completes its first flight that is scheduled for later this year.
Rollout Of B-29 Bomber 'Doc' at Kansas Aviation Museum
Dave Eslinger, left, and Dan Broyles read an electrical schematic for one of the engines on "Doc," a Boeing B-29 bomber. December marks the plane's 70th birthday, delivered in Dec., 1944. The plane was going to fly before the end of this year, but it now will be spring before it will make its first flight (Mike Hutmacher The Wichita Eagle)
Renovation continues on “Doc,” a Boeing B-29 bomber. December marks the plane's 70th birthday, delivered in Dec., 1944. The plane was going to fly before the end of this year, but it now will be spring before it will make its first flight (Mike Hutmacher The Wichita Eagle)
"Doc" sets on in a hanger donated by Boeing as work continues on restoring the the B-29.(December 12, 2013) (The Wichita Eagle)
You can see more photos at www.kansas.com and https://www.flickr.com/photos/b29doc/sets/72157651065808127/with/16908002471/