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Inside Doc's nose

A view from inside the nose of the Boeing B-29 bomber "Doc" as it flies over Wichita for the first time in 60 years. (July 17, 2016) Footage courtesy of Doc’s Friends

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PHOTOS: Doc flies for the first time in decades

Getting Doc off the ground for the first time in 60 years wasnt easy, but on Sunday morning the Boeing B-29 Superfortress finally eased into the air for what turned out to be a brief first flight. The Wichita-built, World War II bomber lifted off from a McConnell Air Force Base runway heading south at about 9 a.m. on Sunday and stayed airborne for about seven minutes before landing on the north end of the same runway.

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Crowd, volunteers rejoice as B-29 makes historic return to flight

"Doc", a World War II-era B-29 that was built in Wichita, but was left to rot in the Mojave Desert after being decommissioned in 1956, made a triumphant return to flight on Sunday. The plane, purchased by former B-29 crew member Tony Mazzolini over two decades ago, was brought to Wichita in pieces in 2000. For 16 years, volunteers brought the plane slowly back to life. Hundreds were on hand on the perimeter of McConnell Air Force Base to watch the historic moment where "Doc" made its first flight since 1956. (Video by Travis Heying and Jaime Green/The Wichita Eagle)

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Crowd gathers for first flight of restored B-29

Connie Palacioz was an 18-year-old employee at Boeing and drilled the original rivets into the nose section of the B-29 "Doc". Palacioz has worked for the past 16 years on the volunteer team that has worked to return the plane to the air. "Doc" was decommissioned in the mid 1950's and brought to Wichita on a flatbed truck in 2000. (Video by Jaime Green and Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)

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Inside Doc's nose

A view from inside the nose of the Boeing B-29 bomber "Doc" as it flies over Wichita for the first time in 60 years. (July 17, 2016) Footage courtesy of Doc’s Friends
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Inside Doc's nose 1:26

Inside Doc's nose

Inside Doc's cockpit during first flight 1:31

Inside Doc's cockpit during first flight

Spectators talk about seeing Doc fly for the first time 0:38

Spectators talk about seeing Doc fly for the first time

Pilot talks about taking the controls of "Doc" 3:05

Pilot talks about taking the controls of "Doc"

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