B-29 'Doc' logs nearly hour long flight

Published: Oct. 1, 2016 at 3:06 PM CDT
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The B-29 plane known as "Doc" completed its second flight Saturday since being restored to airworthy status in July.

Doc's flight lasted about 52 minutes at an altitude of 4,000 to 5,000 feet on a flight pattern east of Wichita.

Doc took off from McConnell Air Force Base just after 10 a.m. and landed just before 11 a.m.

"This flight was successful and it gave us another opportunity to put some time on the airplane as we continue to make our way through the first test campaign and meeting FAA requirements," said Jim Murphy, Doc's Friends Restoration Project Manager in a statement on Doc's website. "The airplane's engines and control surfaces performed as expected.

Doc was accompanied by a chase plane with spotters as well as a camera crew to record the flight.

"Each time we fly we learn more about this historic warbird," Murphy said. “While the engines and all of the flight control surfaces performed as expected, we found a few minor issues that we will need to continue to fine-tune and maintain as we work through the flight test schedule. Today we found a small issue on a landing gear motor but it was nothing major. Finding these types of fine-tuning necessities is what the flight test campaign is all about. The flight test crew as well as our volunteer restoration and maintenance crews have done an amazing job on this project. Thanks to this team, we are getting closer to being able to fly Doc further, farther and eventually, make Doc’s mission of being flying museum to honor our nation’s heroes a reality.”

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