On Friday, Aug. 18, 2017, crews hoisted a restored biplane over the gymnasium foyer at Wichita East High School. The project, years in the making, was financed by the East High Class of 1976 and other donors.
The gymnasium lobby at Wichita East High soon will feature a renovated biplane suspended from the ceiling. Principal Ken Thiessen says the project came together with donations from several individuals and groups.
A 737 fuselage with airplane seats and a screen was delivered to Exploration Place by Spirit AeroSystems on Tuesday. The “fuselage theater” is a key piece of Exploration Place’s “Design, Build, Fly" exhibit opening on Dec. 2.
Connie Palacioz drilled rivets into the nose section of the B-29 “Doc” as a teenage “Rosie the Riveter” in 1945. This past week, she joined the crew of the fully restored B-29 at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to show off the plane. On Sunday, Connie took a seat in the bombardier’s seat in the very nose of the plane she helped build 72 years ago for a flight home. (Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
“Doc” took to the skies again on Friday at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin to do a formation flight with the U.S. Navy Blue Angels. On board the 72-year-old restored B-29 was 2007 Wichita Heights graduate and Blue Angels mechanic John Crumrine. It was the first time Crumrine had seen the planes he works on from the perspective of another airplane. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
Operating a 72-year-old World War II bomber doesn’t come easy. Or cheap. Doc’s Friends communication director Josh Wells talks about how much it costs to keep the restored Superfortress “Doc” in the air and how the organization finds creative ways to raise money. In addition, the organization is trying to raise money for a permanent hanger to house the plane at Wichita’s Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
The thousands of B-29s that were built during World War II had a single mission: to drop bombs on enemies of the United States. So what’s the mission of a B-29 that’s been restored decades later? According to those who operate and maintain the B-29 “Doc," its current mission is to honor the men and women who built and served on B-29s during wartime. On Tuesday, at the EAA AirVenture Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, “Doc” took to the skies with some precious cargo to carry out its new mission. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle - Additional footage courtesy of Kevin Swinicki)
“Doc," a B-29 Superfortress restored by an army of volunteers in Wichita, took to the skies at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin on Tuesday with Fifi, another B-29 bomber. The flight marked the first time that two B-29s flew in formation together in at least 50 years. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
The B-29 bomber “Doc” went before a panel of judges on Monday to compete against other “Warbirds” in a competition put on by the Experimental Aircraft Association. The competition awards the efforts of those who restore and rebuild World War II-era aircraft. On Tuesday, “Doc” will take to the skies over the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the first of three appearances this week. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
Immediately after touching down on the runway in Oshkosh, Wisconsin for the EAA AirVenture Air Show, it was apparent that the restored B-29 “Doc” was going to be the featured attraction out of the 20,000 airplanes schedule to be on hand for the week. The crew of “Doc," many of whom helped in the restoration of the plane, were overwhelmed by the response they received upon their arrival. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
The restored B-29 “Doc” took off from Wichita on Friday, July 21, 2017, headed for the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. The plane and crew will spend the night in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and will arrive in Wisconsin on Saturday afternoon. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle)
On the evening before pilot Vlado Lenoch crashed his plane in Atchison County with Bethany Root on board, spectator Ken Phelps of Gardner, Kan., shot video of Lenoch's performance in the same P-51 Mustang vintage World War II plane at the annual Amelia Earhart Festival in Atchison.
You don't have to leave your firearms at home when you travel. Transportation Security Administration regional spokesman Mark Howell on Monday demonstrated at KCI the proper way to bring firearms on board an airline.