WICHITA — A discarded World War II bomber is preparing to return to the skies after undergoing an extensive renovation.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress named Doc is expected to take off Sunday from McConnell Air Force Base in southeast Wichita unless weather conditions force the flight to be rescheduled. The Wichita Eagle reports that the plane was certified as airworthy this spring.
Doc’s Friends restoration program manager Jim Murphy said in a news release that the planned flight follows 16 years of “hard work, sweat, tears and tireless attention to detail.”
The Wichita-built plane was finished too late to fly bombing missions during World War II, though it eventually served as a radar trainer during the Korean War. It was discovered at a bombing range in California’s Mojave desert in 1987.