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B-29 ‘Doc’ to kick off Riverfest Sundown Parade with flyover

The restored B-29 “Doc” will fly from north to south over the Wichita Riverfest’s Sundown Parade route on June 2.
The restored B-29 “Doc” will fly from north to south over the Wichita Riverfest’s Sundown Parade route on June 2. File photo

The B-29 Bomber known as “Doc” will make a public appearance in a flyover at the Wichita Riverfest’s Sundown Parade next week.

Doc’s Friends, the nonprofit that restored and owns the World War II bomber, said the Boeing Superfortress will fly above the parade route at 6:30 p.m. on June 2 to kick off the parade.

“Throughout the past 17 years, hundreds of Wichita volunteers have spent hundreds of thousands of hours restoring Doc and we are honored to recognize their effort and celebrate the start of Riverfest 2017 with Doc’s hometown community,” Jim Murphy, Doc’s Friends program manager, said in a news release. “Seeing and hearing Doc roar over downtown Wichita will be something truly unique and special for festival goers.”

The airplane will fly from north to south over the route and is expected to make a second pass if time and weather allow for it, the group said.

The flyover precedes a public open house for Doc from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on June 3 at Air Capital Flight Line, 3800 S. Oliver.

Admission to the event is $20 for ages 12 and older; $10 for ages 5-11, ages 65 or older and those people with military identification. Children under 5 are admitted free.

For more information on the open house, see www.b-29.com/events.

Doc's Friends spokesman Josh Wells talks about temporary quarters for the Boeing B-29 bomber known as Doc and plans for its permanent home. Photo of Connie Palacioz courtesy of Brett Schauf/Doc's Friends. (Jerry Siebenmark/The Wichita Eagle/Feb. 7

B-29 Doc landed at Wichita's Eisenhower National Airport for the first time ever on Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016. The crew left McConnell Air Force Base around 10:30 a.m. and flew for about 90 minutes to the east of Wichita. (video courtesy of Doc's Fri

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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