FAA Grants B-29 'Doc' Airworthy Status

  • May 20, 2016 4:12pm GMT

After a 16-year restoration, the Federal Aviation Adminstration granted the B-29 Superfortress 'Doc' an airworthiness certificate allowing the historic bomber to once again take to the skies.

“It’s been nearly 60 years since Doc has flown and 16 years since this majestic warbird arrived in Wichita to be restored, and now we are another major milestone closer to a return to flight,” said Jim Murphy, Doc’s Friends Restoration Program Manager. “Today, we celebrate this major milestone and honor the hundreds of thousands of hours of volunteer work that has gone into restoring our B-29. From the team who saved Doc from rusting away in the Mojave Desert in California, to the dedicated volunteers who have been working tirelessly on the restoration project since Doc was brought to Wichita 16 years ago, today is great day.”

Earlier this week, the B-29 made its first taxi around the airport (video below) in preparation for it's first flight which may happen on Monday.