Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

B-29 Takes to Wichita Skies after 6 Decades on Ground

Newspaper article The Topeka Capital-Journal

B-29 Takes to Wichita Skies after 6 Decades on Ground

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WICHITA -- The Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as "Doc" took flight Sunday in Wichita for the first time in six decades.

The Wichita-built bomber lifted off from a McConnell Air Force Base runway Sunday morning after a more than 16-year volunteer restoration effort that included people who either worked on the original Boeing production line or were B-29 crew members.

The B-29 is best known as the bomber type that dropped atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, ending World War II in the Pacific, The Wichita Eagle reported (http://j.mp/ 29EBke8 ). Boeing's Wichita plant made 1,644 of the airplanes during World War II.

"Doc" was in a squadron named Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs from 1945 until 1956.

Tony Mazzolini, a former flight engineer who had been searching for a World War II-era airplane to restore, found Doc on a bombing range in California in 1987. …

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