Editor's note: An earlier version of this story incorrectly said which year's budget the donation came from.
Sedgwick County made a $200,000 donation Wednesday to help pay for B-29 Doc’s new $6.5 million home at Wichita Eisenhower National Airport.
The money, Sedgwick County Commission Chairman David Dennis said at a news conference, comes from the 2017 budget. The donation, announced at Doc’s temporary hangar at Air Capital Flight Line in south Wichita, comes a day after the Wichita City Council approved a 40-year lease agreement for the restored B-29 bomber’s 32,000-square-foot hangar and education center at 1788 Airport Road.
Jeff Turner, chairman of Doc’s Friends, the nonprofit that owns and restored the Wichita-built, World War II-era Boeing plane, said the group has raised a little more than $5 million for Doc’s new building. “We’re still focused on raising another million and a half,” Turner said, adding some of that will come from sales of brick pavers place at the front of the new building.
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He said the group is “very close” to starting construction on Doc’s new building.
“Our plan is to be in it this fall,” Turner said.