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‘Enola Gay’ pilot’s grandson to fly B-29 ‘Doc’

Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, left, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., talks with Spirit AeroSystems employee John Carman at an event last week celebrating Spirit’s work on the new B-21 Raider program. The grandson of “Enola Gay” pilot Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr. will serve as co-pilot of the restored B-29 “Doc” as it travels from Wichita to Whiteman on Friday for a weekend airshow there.
Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV, left, commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman Air Force Base, Mo., talks with Spirit AeroSystems employee John Carman at an event last week celebrating Spirit’s work on the new B-21 Raider program. The grandson of “Enola Gay” pilot Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr. will serve as co-pilot of the restored B-29 “Doc” as it travels from Wichita to Whiteman on Friday for a weekend airshow there. File photo

The grandson of the Enola Gay pilot will be in Wichita on Friday to take the controls of the B-29 Bomber, “Doc.”

McConnell Air Force Base said in a news release Tuesday Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets IV will fly Doc from the right seat when the Wichita-built and restored Boeing Superfortress travels to Whiteman Air Force Base for the Wings Over Whiteman Airshow on Saturday and Sunday.

Tibbets IV is the grandson of Brig. Gen. Paul Tibbets Jr., who was commander of the B-29 Enola Gay on its mission to drop an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, in August 1945.

Tibbets IV also is commander of the 509th Bomb Wing at Whiteman, and a B-2 stealth bomber pilot.

He was at Spirit AeroSystems last week to celebrate Spirit’s partnership with Northrop Grumman on the manufacture of the Air Force’s new B-21 Raider long-range strike bomber.

Nearly a year after making its return to the skies, the restored B-29 "Doc" was put on display Saturday at a open house where the general public could get an up-close look at the airplane. (June 3, 2017)

The restored B-29 "Doc" opened up the Wichita River Festival by making a flyover of downtown on Friday night. (June 2, 2017)

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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