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Groundbreaking for B-29 Doc’s new home Friday

Keeping 'Doc' airborne doesn't come cheap

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
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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

Officials are expected to formally break ground Friday on a new hangar and education center for the restored B-29 Superfortress known as “Doc.”

The $6.5 million project will be located along the 1700 block of South Airport Road, on a vacant lot just north of the former Cessna Employees Flying Club building.

The 32,000-square-foot building on the grounds of Wichita Eisenhower National Airport will include a 24,000-square-foot section to store and maintain the Wichita-built bomber. The remainder of space will be used for an education center and offices. It will include an observation deck inside to view the airplane.

Outside, the front of the building will feature a 16-foot-high, 75-foot-long window allowing passersby to view the Boeing bomber day and night when the airplane isn’t flying.

A ceremony marking commencement of the building’s construction has been set for 9:30 a.m. Return to Kansas.com for full coverage of the groundbreaking.

Doc’s Friends announced plans to build a 32,000-square-foot hanger and Education Center in the 1700 block of South Airport Road for the restored, World War II-era B-29 bomber built in Wichita called, “Doc."

Jerry Siebenmark: 316-268-6576, @jsiebenmark

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