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B-29 Doc returns to AirVenture to commemorate USAF 75th Anniversary

B-29 Doc in formation with B-29 FIFI, Courtesy of EAA and Scott SlocumDoc, one of the last two airworthy Boeing B-29s in the world, is returning to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh this year for airshow appearances and static displays during the week-long aviation event.The World War II bomber is returning to commemorate the U.S. Air Force's 75th anniversary at Oshkosh this year. AirVenture will also feature aircraft from throughout the Air Force's history, from its creation out of the Army Air Forces in 1947 to today's modern military aircraft."The rarity and the historical significance of the B-29 always make it a popular sight at Oshkosh," said Rick Larsen, EAA's vice president of communities and member programs, who coordinates AirVenture features and attractions. "Being able to see Doc both on the ground and in the air during AirVenture week will be a big addition to our commemoration of the U.S. Air Force's 75th anniversary this summer."Doc's appearance schedule at AirVenture is still being finalized, but the aircraft will be parked on Boeing Plaza for public viewing when on the AirVenture grounds.After being rescued from the Mojave Desert in 1987 and going through a 30-year restoration, Doc appeared on the airshow scene in 2017. That same year, the aircraft flew at Oshkosh with the Commemorative Air Force's B-29 FIFI, marking the first time two B-29s had flown together in formation in nearly 60 years.The aircraft will also be joining EAA's B-25 Berlin Express for joint appearances throughout Florida and Louisianakicking off on March 31.The joint History Restored Tour will include ground and cockpit tours for both warbirds, as well as the chance to fly in a B-25 and B-29.The B-25 Mitchell bomber was used by the Allies during World War II in campaigns around the world. It was restored in 2019 and is now painted in the marking of the Berlin Express, the airplane it portrayed in the film Catch-22."These joint appearances bring the history and heroism of World War II out of the books and videos to a personal experience and a tribute to people who defended freedom," said Sean Elliott, EAA's vice president of advocacy and safety.
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