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B-29 ‘Doc’ could fly this weekend

The B-29 “Doc” takes to the air for its second test flight in October 2016. The plane flew for about an hour but cut its flight short after the crew discovered a slight problem with the landing gear.
The B-29 “Doc” takes to the air for its second test flight in October 2016. The plane flew for about an hour but cut its flight short after the crew discovered a slight problem with the landing gear. File photo

Doc’s Friends’ volunteer crew is preparing the Boeing B-29 Bomber for its first flight of the year.

The group said Wednesday that the World War II-era airplane’s winter maintenance program has been completed, and volunteers successfully ran all four of Doc’s radial engines.

A required maintenance flight could happen as early as Saturday, which would be the first time the B-29 is flown in 2017.

The group plans to host its first public open house for the airplane from 1 to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 22 at Yingling Aviation, 2010 S. Airport Road.

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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