Doc Flies!

It's been a couple weeks, but I think it's worth mentioning anyway. Doc, one of only two airworthy B-29s on Earth, recently flew for the first time in more than 60 years. Doc's restoration was a labor of love beyond compare. It had spent time as a target on a Naval bombing range, but a visionary named Tony Mazzolini decided he wanted to restore it anyway. (Or, maybe it just wasn't that badly damaged. It was a bunch of Navy pilots trying to hit it after all....) Mazzolini had Doc towed to Wichita in pieces in 2000 where it would spend more than 16 years under restoration. A collection of supporters formed a group called "Doc's Friends" in 2013 to help complete the project. You can connect with Doc's Friends on Facebook, and follow them on Twitter.

Doc joins the CAF's B-29, FiFi, as one of only two of these aircraft flying today. FiFi has been flying and giving rides fairly regularly for several years, and I hope that there will be similar opportunities to fly on Doc.

Congrats to Doc's Friends on your outstanding work! We wish Doc and FiFi many more years of safe flying. You two make a great couple!