B-29 'Doc deemed airworthy by FAA

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WICHITA, Kan. (KCWH) -- Nearly sixty years after taking flight, a historic B-29 has been deemed "airworthy" by the FAA.

The B-29, known as "Doc", has been under restoration in Wichita for the past 16 years.

The FAA presented the team restoring Doc with the airworthiness certificate Friday.

“Today, we celebrate this major milestone and honor the hundreds of thousands of hours of volunteer work that has gone into restoring our B-29," said Jim Murphy, Doc’s Friends Restoration Program Manager. "From the team who saved Doc from rusting away in the Mojave Desert in California, to the dedicated volunteers who have been working tirelessly on the restoration project since Doc was brought to Wichita 16 years ago, today is great day.”

The next step is getting permission from the U.S. Air Force and the Pentago to use the non-joint-use runway at McConnell Air Force Base for test flight operations.

Follow Doc's progress at their website: www.b-29doc.com