WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) We finally know where Doc will call home.
The organization over the restoration of the WWII B-29 bomber, Doc's Friends, announced Monday morning that a 28,000 square foot hangar will be built in a field in the 1700 block of South Airport Road. It's just north of the Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport.
Doc has been in Wichita since 2000. People have put in hundreds of thousands of hours into getting the plane back up into the air.
Flight was the first of three goals Doc's Friends set out to do. The second was to take Doc to air shows across the country to educate and connect people to aviation history. This weekend Doc will be in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to do just that.
The third goal happened Monday morning, with the announcement of a permanent home. The hangar will also be a museum and place for people to see Doc up close.
"It's a place where kids and families and groups can come and learn about Doc, the technology of Doc, the history of Doc and perpetuate the airplane," said Jeff Turner, Chairman of Doc's Friends.
As for the land where the hangar will be built, Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell says the city owns the land and will lease it out for pennies on the dollar to make the hangar and Doc accessible to everyone.
The plan is to break ground in September with the hangar being finished the following September in 2018.
Many of you wanted to know why doc's permanent home will be close to the airport and not at the Kansas Aviation Museum near McConnell.
Turner says the main reason is accessibility for the plane and the public. Doc needs a specific type of runway to take off. McConnell doesn't have it, but Eisenhower does.
It will also be easier for the public to fly on Doc out of private terminals near Eisenhower rather than go through security at McConnell.