WWII's Doc Approved for Flight
The well known World War II B-29 bomber, Doc, was given clearance to fly from the Federal Aviation Administration on Friday. Doc received an airworthiness certificate, which allows the craft to take to the sky.
This is a significant milestone for the team who have been working to restore the bomber to flight quality. The award preceded the 16th anniversary of Doc’s arrival for restoration in Wichita by three days.
The airworthiness certificate does not mean that Doc is ready to fly just yet. Before Doc can lift off, an official request must be submitted to the U.S. Air Force and to the Pentagon, granting Doc access to use the non-joint-use runway at McConnell Air Force Base for testing purposes. Once approved, the crew can use the runway necessary ground testing needed prior to first flight.