Rescuing Doc from the China Lake Bombing Range, took a lot of negotiating and help from many volunteers to move the B-29 from its resting place of forty-two years in the California Mojave Desert to a location at the then “Bud McGee Air Park” at the Inyokern, California Airport.
It took five days for volunteers and major contributors such as U.S. Rentals , other local companies and a multitude of community volunteers to tow “DOC” the 38 miles. U.S. Rentals, a major contributor and other local companies, as well as a multitude of community volunteers helped tow the aircraft across the hot dusty desert floor and down a major highway. An Environmental Impact Study (which took, six months) had to be made, Cal Trans had to be on hand to give guidance in moving around power poles and cable systems, and the California Highway Patrol was brought in to direct traffic.
It’s been nearly three years since volunteers last turned the wrenches on the restoration work for the B-29 Superfortress known as Doc.
This month, restoration on the 68-year-old piece of history will resume.
In February of 2013, Doc’s unmistakable aluminum skin glistened in the bright sunlight as volunteers gathered to watch the historic aircraft be towed into the Northwest Hangar at Boeing.
Published on Jun 4, 2012
“Doc” the derelict B-29 found abandon on the China Lake Naval Weapons Center in the barren Mojave Desert is getting a new lease on life.
Published on Mar 25, 2015
Seventy years ago today in 1945, a B-29, one of 1,644 manufactured in Wichita during World War II, rolled off the assembly line at Boeing and was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Forces. On March 23, 2015 that same aircraft was rolled out and “delivered” again, in commemoration of its restoration and progress back toward flying condition. More than 200 supporters came to watch it shine as it once again rolled out in the city of its birth.
It’s been nearly three years since volunteers last turned the wrenches on the restoration work for the B-29 Superfortress known as Doc. This month, restoration on the 68-year-old piece of history will resume.
Published on Jul 4, 2015
The restoration team recently filled our B-29 known as Doc with fuel for a leak test. It’s just another set toward first flight! Another Great DOC the B-29 experience,
Doc’s Friends Restoration Video a start to finish video to wrap it all up,
next, Doc in flight
Fifi the worlds only other flying B-29 Bomber at this time I do not have video of Doc it will be forth coming