Doc’s New Home! Permanent Hangar And Education Facility Announced For Newly Restored B-29 Superfortress

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B-29 Superfortress "Doc" Hangar

The newly restored B-29 Superfortress named “Doc” will be getting a permanent home soon. Doc’s Friends Inc., owner of the rare aircraft, announced plans to build a facility at the Dwight D. Eisenhower airport in Wichita, KS.

The 32,000 square foot facility will include a large hangar for storage and maintenance of the WWII bomber as well as space dedicated to an education center. Illustrations of the new building show large windows to view the aircraft along with a raised viewing balcony inside the hangar.

B-29 Superfortress "Doc" HangarB-29 Superfortress "Doc" Hangar

“We’ve said from the beginning that our vision was to build a permanent home for Doc in Wichita. Doc’s home will be a centerpiece to celebrate not only Wichita’s place in aviation history, but it will be a cornerstone to celebrate the men and women who built, maintained and served in the B-29 to protect our freedom. It will also be a unique place for future generations to connect with the majestic warbird through STEM education and perhaps they, too, will be inspired to a career in a STEM-related field,” says Jeff Turner, board chairman of Doc’s Friends Inc.

B-29 Superfortress "Doc" Hangar

Over $4.5 million has been raised for the construction already, and further donations are being sought to reach the estimated $6.5 million final cost. Actual work on the site should begin in September and last for one year.

Doc is one of just two B-29s flying in the world today, the other being the Commemorative Air Force’s “Fifi”. Both aircraft will share the skies together for the first time next week during the 2017 EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh, WI.

All photos are from KFDI

EAA Announces Preliminary Airshow Schedule For AirVenture 2017 In Oshkosh

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EAA AirVenture

EAA has released the preliminary daily airshow schedule for this year’s AirVenture convention in Oshkosh! This schedule doesn’t include all of the military performers and will obviously change a bit in the coming weeks. Join us in Oshkosh on July 24th for the biggest party in aviation, and be sure to share your thoughts in the EAA AirVenture 2017 thread on our forums!

As you’ll see, there is now at least a small twilight show every night of the week. Other highlights include numerous US Air Force Heritage Flights, the Doolittle Raid tribute, both B-29s flying together for the first time (!), and of course the US Navy Blue Angels, making their aerobatic debut at the show!

Monday, July 24, 2017

Day: Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Matt Chapman (Extra 330LX), Rob Holland (MX-2), Bill Stein (Edge 540), Twin Tigers Aerobatic Team, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Greg Shelton and Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman/wing walking), John Klatt (Screamin’ Sasquatch), Kyle Franklin (Piper Cub), David Martin (Bücker Jungmeister), Jerry Kerby (Wild Blue), Bob Carlton (Sub Sonex JSX-2), Warbirds of America arrival show, Seaplane fly-overs, Lindbergh 90th anniversary tribute, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University E-Spirit of St. Louis, Piper Cub 80th anniversary, Bob Hoover tribute

Evening (Twilight Flight Fest at the Fun Fly Zone): EAA STOL Invitational Flying, Paradigm Aerobatic Team (dynamic maneuvering), Patriot Parachute Demo Team, 3-D RC flying

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Phillip Steinbach (Game Bird 1), Skip Stewart (Prometheus 2), The Thric3 (Matt Chapman, Rob Holand, Bill Stein), Kyle Franklin (Piper Cub), Matt Younkin (Beech 18), Greg Koontz (Legend Cub), Bob Carlton (Sub Sonex JSX-2), Manfred Radius (Salto Sailplane), USAF Heritage Flight, Doolittle Raid tribute, B-29s (Doc and FIFI), Class of ’45 – Jim Tobul & Scott Yoak (Corsair and P-51 Mustang), Warbirds of America show, Homebuilts Review, Stratos VLPJ

Evening (Twilight Flight Fest at the Fun Fly Zone): EAA STOL Invitational Flying, Paradigm Aerobatic Team (dynamic maneuvering), Patriot Parachute Demo Team, 3-D RC flying

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX), The Thric3 (Matt Chapman, Rob Holand, Bill Stein), Twin Tigers Aerobatic Team, Jim Peitz (Beech Bonanza), Vicky Benzing (Stearman), Gene Soucy and Teresa Stokes (Grumman Showcat wing walking), John Klatt (Screamin’ Sasquatch), Kyle Franklin (Piper Cub), USAF Heritage Flight, Warbirds of America show, Vintage Review, RotorWay 50th anniversary, Lindbergh 90th anniversary tribute, Christen Eagle anniversary (Matt Chapman)

Night Air Show: Doolittle Raid tribute, Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Paradigm Aerobatic Team, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Gene Soucy (Firecat[KH1] ), Redline Airshows, Greg Shelton and Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman/wing walking), Matt Younkin (Beech 18), Bob Carlton (Super Salto), Fireworks and Wall of Fire sponsored by GE Aviation

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540 and Red Bull Air Force), Bill Stein (Edge 540), Redline Airshows, Jim Peitz (Beech Bonanza), John Klatt (Screamin’ Sasquatch), David Martin (Bücker Jungmeister), USAF Heritage Flight, Warbirds of America show, Dassault (Falcon 8X), Blue Angels (site orientation flights)

Evening (Twilight Flight Fest at the Fun Fly Zone): EAA STOL Invitational Flying, Paradigm Aerobatic Team (dynamic maneuvering), Patriot Parachute Demo Team and Red Bull Air Force, 3-D RC flying

Friday, July 28, 2017

10am-11am: Blue Angels (site orientation flights with TFR in effect)

Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540 and Red Bull Air Force), Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX), Skip Stewart (Prometheus 2), The Thric3 (Matt Chapman, Rob Holand, Bill Stein), Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Matt Younkin (Beech 18), Blue Angels and Fat Albert, Warbirds of America show, B-29s (Doc and FIFI), USAF Heritage Flight

Evening (Twilight Flight Fest at the Fun Fly Zone): EAA STOL Invitational Flying, Paradigm Aerobatic Team (dynamic maneuvering), Patriot Parachute Demo Team and Red Bull Air Force, 3-D RC flying

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Sean D. Tucker (Oracle Challenger III), Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), Rob Holland (MX-2), Jim Peitz (Beech Bonanza), Vicky Benzing (Stearman), Gene Soucy (Grumman Showcat), Warbirds of America show, USAF Heritage Flight, B-29s (Doc and FIFI), Blue Angels and Fat Albert

Night Air Show: Red Bull Wingsuits, Paradigm Aerobatic Team, USAF Heritage Flight, Aeroshell Aerobatic Team (T-6 Texans), Gene Soucy (Firecat[KH2] ), Redline Airshows, Greg Shelton and Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman/wing walking n), Matt Younkin (Beech 18), Bob Carlton (Super Salto), Fat Albert, Fireworks and Wall of Fire

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Patriot Parachute Demo Team, Mike Goulian (Extra 330SC), Kirby Chambliss (Edge 540), Patty Wagstaff (Extra 300LX), Skip Stewart (Prometheus 2), Matt Chapman (Extra 330LX), Redline Airshows, Greg Shelton and Ashley Key (450 Super Stearman/wing walking), Kyle Franklin (Piper Cub), Maj. Joshua Boudreaux (Wild Blue), Scott Yoak (P-51 Mustang), International Aerobatic Club competition demo (Cameron Jaxheimer), USAF Heritage Flight, Blue Angels (non-aerobatic demo) and Fat Albert

EAA AirVenture 2017 To Feature The Only Two B-29s Still Flying – “Doc” and “FIFI” Confirmed For Oshkosh!

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Boeing B-29 Superfortress "FIFI" and Fireworks - EAA AirVenture Oshkosh

This year’s EAA AirVenture is set to feature not one but TWO flying B-29 Superfortresses. That’s right, both “FIFI” and “Doc”, the only flying B-29s in the world, are planning to attend!

Earlier today, Doc’s Friends, the group behind the aircraft, announced four stops on the first half of Doc’s planned 2017 tour. Doc recently completed ‘phase one’ of the initial flight testing program following a lengthy restoration in Kansas, which allows it to be flown to airshows. These events will be important fundraising opportunities for the group, and an exciting opportunity for fans to see a ‘new’ and extremely rare aircraft. Be sure to check our forums for the other dates and updates at the rest of the schedule is announced!

Boeing B-29 Superfortress "Doc"Boeing B-29 Superfortress "FIFI"

The Commemorative Air Force had previously released a partial schedule for their B-29, FIFI. FIFI is authorized to give rides, and tours the country each year to raise money for the organization.

The two aircraft will cross paths in Oshkosh, WI this July 24-30, during the massive EAA AirVenture airshow. We look forward to bringing you the sights and sounds of this amazing meetup between the only airworthy B-29s!

Update: Eagle-eyed fans have pointed out that these aircraft will actually cross paths earlier in the year, as both are scheduled to attend the airshow at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana in May! This summer will be very exciting for B-29 fans!

“Doc” photo courtesy of Doc’s Friends

Heavy Bombers Weekend 2016 – Janesville, WI

B-17 Flying Fortress - Heavy Bombers Weekend 2016

View the full photo gallery: Heavy Bombers Weekend 2016 – Janesville, WI – Ryan Sundheimer

The 2016 edition of Heavy Bombers Weekend was held at the Southwest Wisconsin Regional Airport in Janesville, WI. The fly-in is a popular stop for warbirds traveling to the EAA AirVenture airshow in Oshkosh. Even on the opening day of the event, many different aircraft were on hand to take passengers for rides, including EAA’s B-17 Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast”, the Commemorative Air Force’s B-29 Superfortress “FIFI”, and the P-51 Mustang “Gunfighter”. Ground tours were included in the price of admission, giving all of the attendees a chance to touch and feel history. The event plans to shift back to its previous home in Madison, WI in 2017 and alternate between the two airports each year.

Check out our coverage of the 2015 Heavy Bombers Weekend as well!

Video Highlight: Take A Ride In The B-25 Mitchell “Show Me”

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B-25 Mitchell "Show Me"

One of the most popular portions of our Youtube channel is our series of on-board videos, which take you to unique vantage points on and in some of your favorite aircraft. We recently added two new videos to the collection, thanks to the help of the Commemorative Air Force’s Missouri Wing. We invite you to take a ride in their B-25 Mitchell “Show Me” at the 2016 Spirit of St Louis Airshow and STEM Expo.

The B-25 was one of three large WWII bombers, along with the B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” and the B-17 Flying Fortress “Texas Raiders”, to perform flybys together during the show. If you look closely in the video, you can even pick out the other aircraft flying ahead. We also filmed the flybys from the ground, so you can see all three incredible aircraft, and get a feel for the low passes each made.

The Missouri Wing offers flight experiences in “Show Me” as well as their TBM Avenger, which we had the privilege to ride in last month. If you want to experience living history and some awesome flying at the same time, please consider booking a seat on one of their flights!

B-25 Mitchell “Show Me” Cockpit View – Spirit of St Louis Airshow and STEM Expo 2016

B-25 Mitchell “Show Me” Turret View – Spirit of St Louis Airshow and STEM Expo 2016

B-29/B-17/B-25 Flybys – Spirit of St Louis Airshow and STEM Expo 2016

Thank you to the CAF Missouri Wing, and in particular Bob Lawrence and Matt Conrad for their assistance!

Photo Albums Uploaded: Thunder Over Michigan 2015, Abbotsford Int’l Airshow 2015, and Battle Creek Airshow 2015

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New photo albums have gone up in our photo gallery! Check out a preview of each below and then be sure to follow the links to view the full albums.

Thunder Over Michigan Airshow 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer

View full photo album: Thunder Over Michigan Airshow 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer
Thunder Over Michigan Airshow 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer

Abbotsford International Airshow 2015 – Anthony Richards

View full photo album: Abbotsford International Airshow 2015 – Anthony Richards
Abbotsford International Airshow 2015 – Anthony Richards

Battle Creek Airshow 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer

View full photo album: Battle Creek Airshow 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer
Battle Creek Airshow 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer

Bombers Soar At Thunder Over Michigan 2015

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B-29 Superfortress, Avro Lancaster, and B-17 Flying Fortress - Thunder Over Michigan 2015

The heavy metal was out in force at this year’s Thunder Over Michigan airshow, organized by the Yankee Air Museum and held at the historic Willow Run airport in Ypsilanti, MI. The theme for the 2015 show was “Bombertown, USA”, no doubt in celebration of the preservation of the airport’s special role in WWII B-24 Liberator production. The show, known widely for arranging incredible gatherings of rare warbirds, certainly lived up to the theme by bringing 10 bombers (plus YAM’s own B-17 and B-25, which only flew to give rides during the show) together on one ramp. But the show is not known for static gatherings; organizer Kevin Walsh and his staff usually find a way to get a lot of the aircraft in the skies together. In this case, simultaneous race track patterns of bomber flybys and a grand finale formation flyover!

P-51 Mustangs in Formation - Thunder Over Michigan 2015de Havilland Mosquito - Thunder Over Michigan 2015

The 2015 edition of Thunder Over Michigan was also special because the typically warbird-only show hosted the US Navy’s Blue Angels for the third time ever. After a disappointing showing by the USAF Thunderbirds in 2014, it was nice to see the Blues fly along the proper showline. The USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon demo team “Viper East” also performed at the show for the first time in several years.

Despite the unusual modern military presence, which always irritates warbird purists but draws in a ton of very important money for the museum at the same time, the warbirds were still the heart of the show. Aside from the bombers, there was a segment featuring a WWII fighter formation of three P-51 Mustangs, an F4U (FG-1D) Corsair, and a Spitfire. Rick Volker flew an impressively nimble Harvard routine, and the unique WWII battle reenactments, held twice daily, had simulated strafing runs and dogfights overhead. On the static ramp, the museum even pulled out some of its bomber display aircraft including a B-57 Canberra and PB4Y-2 Privateer, which was parked next to her flying sister ship for an incredibly rare sight.

WWII Battle Reenactment - Thunder Over Michigan 2015PB4Y-2 Privateers - Thunder Over Michigan 2015

It was a very good weekend, but there were some concerns in the crowd about the sky high ticket prices along with the confusing and overly oppressive entry restrictions. However, the Blue Angels drew in enough people to pack the place each day in less than ideal weather. Hopefully the experience was pleasant enough that the spectators will return next year to support the museum and these incredible aircraft!

B-29 Superfortress and WWII Bombers - Thunder Over Michigan 2015USAF F-16 Fighting Falcon and P-51 Mustang Heritage Flight - Thunder Over Michigan 2015
WWII Bomber Static Displays - Thunder Over Michigan 2015WWII Bomber Static Displays - Thunder Over Michigan 2015
SNJ - Thunder Over Michigan 2015US Navy Blue Angels - Thunder Over Michigan 2015
V for Victory - Thunder Over Michigan 2015Blue Angel Autographs - Thunder Over Michigan 2015

Massive Arsenal Of Democracy Formation Flyover Set For Friday – Watch It Live Online!

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B-25 Mitchell, F4U Corsair, P-51 Mustang Formation - Arsenal of Democracy Flyover in Washington DC

Hopefully by now you are aware of the Arsenal of Democracy flyover scheduled for Friday, May 8th. This massive undertaking will see scores of WWII aircraft, ranging from a Piper Cub to a B-29 Superfortress, parading over Washington DC to celebrate WWII veterans on the 70th anniversary of VE (Victory in Europe) Day. The aircraft have been assembling in Culpeper and Manassas, VA in recent days and weeks from all over the country. Each is participating on a volunteer basis. The crews are making the most of their visit, with many practices and media flights taking place in the last few days.

The flyover will begin at 12:10 Eastern time and last for approximately 40 minutes. Fifteen formations have been arranged to reflect major events of the war in chronological order. The aircraft will fly West to East over Independence Ave at the southern edge of the National Mall, using the Potomac River as their route into and out of the area. Narration and commentary will be provided at the WWII memorial on the Mall by famed airshow announcer Rob Reider. After the Friday flyover, some of the aircraft will fly into nearby Dulles International Airport for a one day exhibition at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center.

Luckily those of us who cannot make it to DC will be able to witness this historic event from anywhere, as a live stream will be available online at http://events.dacast.com/?webcast_id=9 as well as on CSPAN (check your local listings). Be sure to tune in, and then check back here as we will have some on board video from at least one of the formations!

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