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Will Doc (B-29) Ever Fly?  
User currently offlineg38 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 229 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Considering what the CAF had to go through to get Fifi back in the air, and the delays that the Doc crew have so far experienced, do you think Doc will actually ever fly? I think it would be absolutely awesome if it did, but as always, with enough money you can do anything, and the project isn't getting any cheaper. Whats the current status? Last I heard, they were waiting on a hanger opening.

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User currently offlinesplitterz From United States of America, joined Apr 2011, 204 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I would love to see that bird in the air. History!

User currently offlinemaxpower1954 From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 1317 posts, RR: 11
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

One of the issues with flying the old metal is the aging of the pilot group that has any kind of experience in the airplanes.
The Airline History Museum in Kansas City is on the verge of getting the TWA Connie airworthy, but the retired pilots who used to fly it are getting up there, and some previously involved don't have any interest flying it anymore.

Russ Farris


User currently offlineg38 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 229 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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But surely, younger pilots could be trained. Is this not possible, and what would this require?

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:
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Surely the CAF has a B-29 instructor/examiner that could get some pilots spun up for Doc. As for Doc itself I think it's only a matter of time and money before she flies...


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User currently offlinecpd From Australia, joined Jun 2008, 4894 posts, RR: 36
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting maxpower1954 (Reply 2):
The Airline History Museum in Kansas City is on the verge of getting the TWA Connie airworthy, but the retired pilots who used to fly it are getting up there, and some previously involved don't have any interest flying it anymore.

There is another Connie that is airworthy and flies - I'm sure they can arrange some sort of training/instruction?

It'll be nice to see another B-29 take to the skies again too.   I'd certainly like to photograph one in the air.  


User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Maybe they could visit Russia and look for some old TU-4 people.


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12278 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 1 week 2 days 7 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

I thought 'Doc' had her engines mounted again? The pic g38 linked to shows her with the engines, cowlings, and wing attachments all removed and faired over with sheet metal.

Shouldn't be hard to getting pilots qualified to fly her when she is ready.


User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 32767 times:
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Looks like some progress has been made. A group called Docs Friends has taken on the restoration project...

http://www.b-29doc.com/index.php



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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1847 posts, RR: 4
Reply 9, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 32767 times:

Regarding pilots, I'd think that Boeing would be able to provide some flight instruction, albeit probably not pilots who ever flew a B-29. They designed and built it, so it makes sense, right?

Marc


User currently onlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30100 posts, RR: 58
Reply 10, posted (2 years 3 months 2 weeks 20 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Well the fact that the website has recent updates is a good sign.


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12278 posts, RR: 51
Reply 11, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

It seems Doc is getting some needed funding to restart her restoration.

http://www.b-29doc.com/news.php

I saw FiFi flying a few years ago here in Fort Worth, truly an amazing site.


User currently offlineMD11Engineer From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 14526 posts, RR: 62
Reply 12, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting g38 (Reply 3):
But surely, younger pilots could be trained. Is this not possible, and what would this require?

The bottleneck seems to be not to be based on pilots but on qualified flight engineers. Those old piston prop liners kept the F/E quite busy.

Jan



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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3187 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

What happened to the B-29 that Boeing was restoring to flying condition out in Seattle?

User currently offlinetaxpilot From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 14, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 2 days ago) and read 32767 times:

When I flew the C/EC121 (USAF Super Connie) in the 1970s , we only had a 50-50 chance of getting an engine to 100 hours. Both aircraft used variants of the Wright 3350. "If God had intended the Connie to operate on four engines, he would have given her five."

At the time USAF no longer re-built the big radials. We used civilian contractors.

Seems the age, rebuilding and reliability of these engines would be huge obstacle. I am afraid their time is passing.   


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12278 posts, RR: 51
Reply 15, posted (2 years 2 months 2 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 32767 times:

Quoting taxpilot (Reply 14):
At the time USAF no longer re-built the big radials. We used civilian contractors.

Seems the age, rebuilding and reliability of these engines would be huge obstacle. I am afraid their time is passing.

I'm afraid you are right. There are fewer and fewer of these companies, that are FAA certified, that can rebuild big radial engines.


User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (2 years 1 day 9 hours ago) and read 31584 times:
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Doc is apparently getting the hybrid 3350 - same as FiFi(?)

http://www.b-29doc.com/news.php



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User currently offlinetaxpilot From United States of America, joined Sep 2006, 101 posts, RR: 2
Reply 17, posted (1 year 12 months 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 31282 times:

WOW! Amazing.

I hope this project succedes.


User currently offlinecptkrell From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 3220 posts, RR: 12
Reply 18, posted (1 year 12 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 31004 times:

I should suppose that flight crew and maintenance training would one of the more minor worries (we won WWII with teenagers and twenty-somethings in the warbird front offices, no?), plus current CAF guys could be of great assistance.

Dollars large will be the real factor for success. The old saying "we can rebuild ANYTHING with an unlimited checkbook and a data plate" will probably ring true.

I wish them all success. Can you imagine seeing her formating with "FIFI", a couple of B-24s and B-17s. Now THAT would bring chills. best regards...jack

P.S. Anyone up to speed with Kermit Weeks' B-29 resto?



all best; jack
User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (1 year 10 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 28958 times:
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Goal for Doc: Oshkosh 2014!

"And that flight could come next year, according to some of the volunteer crew working to refurbish Doc in a borrowed Wichita hangar. Jeff Turner, chairman of the non­profit group Doc's Friends, said the goal of flying Doc to Oshkosh in 2014 is in sight, but as much as $2 million more needs to be raised to make it happen.



http://www.b-29doc.com/news.php



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User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 26066 times:
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Doc gets nacelles & props...

https://www.facebook.com/#!/DocsFriends?hc_location=stream



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User currently offlineSooner787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 25982 times:

How cool would a flyby be with both Doc & Fifi be   

User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 22, posted (1 year 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 12 hours ago) and read 25823 times:
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Quoting Sooner787 (Reply 21):


Goal for Doc is to get her to Oshkosh next year. I haven't seen FiFis schedule for next year but Oshkosh would seem to be a good bet for a meet.



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User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (1 year 4 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 23158 times:
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Doc gets some tail feathers..

https://www.facebook.com/#!/DocsFriends



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User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 24, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 21305 times:
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Well maybe Oshkosh in 2015... 

We've waited this long...

http://youtu.be/WusXr33sRjQ



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User currently offlineCadet985 From United States of America, joined Mar 2002, 1847 posts, RR: 4
Reply 25, posted (1 year 1 month 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 21281 times:

I came across a video of a flight in "Fifi" and it looked like the pilot was using an iPad for his maps. There's something so wrong about using modern electronics in a classic warbird - at least in my opinion.

Marc


User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 26, posted (11 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 19915 times:
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New video from Docs Friends:

http://youtu.be/Cjde12KPGog



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User currently offlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1987 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (11 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 20353 times:

http://www.militaryphotos.net/forums...w-Wears-All-Four-Engines-amp-Props


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User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 28, posted (9 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 18689 times:
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I understand, with the flaps now installed, Doc is structurally complete....

http://youtu.be/wKD8eGyeMDw



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User currently onlineL-188 From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 30100 posts, RR: 58
Reply 29, posted (9 months 2 weeks 8 hours ago) and read 18378 times:

Quoting Cadet985 (Reply 25):
There's something so wrong about using modern electronics in a classic warbird - at least in my opinion.

Well unfortunately there aren't a lot of four-course radio ranges to fly these days



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User currently offlinegrummancat From United States of America, joined Feb 2011, 80 posts, RR: 0
Reply 30, posted (8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 17497 times:
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Quoting Sooner787 (Reply 21):
How cool would a flyby be with both Doc & Fifi be

Those Lancaster guys in the UK will have nothin' on us!   

Thinkin' they're so hot 'cause they got 2 Lancs now. Pah I say!


User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 31, posted (6 months 2 weeks 4 hours ago) and read 15487 times:
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Doc set to fly in the spring..

http://www.kansas.com/news/business/aviation/article4546947.html



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User currently offlinerlwynn From Germany, joined Dec 2000, 1152 posts, RR: 1
Reply 32, posted (6 months 1 week 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 15314 times:

The is kind of a silly comment from the atricle.

Quote:
Without today’s avionics that includes a Global Positioning System, it would be impossible to fly “unless you want to hire a navigator with an arm full of maps,” Norman said.



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User currently offlineMoose135 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 2640 posts, RR: 20
Reply 33, posted (3 months 1 week 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 12165 times:

They should roll her out of the hangar today:

http://www.warbirdsnews.com/warbirds...perfortress-doc-rollout-today.html



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User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 34, posted (3 months 1 week 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 12050 times:
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Woot, Woot!!

Video of rollout here:

http://youtu.be/xlsny7UBv2g



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User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2156 posts, RR: 1
Reply 35, posted (3 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 12007 times:

Very cool. I've been lucky enough to see Fifi fly and crawl through her, would be amazing to see Doc flying in person. I wish them well!


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User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 36, posted (3 months 1 week 3 days ago) and read 11907 times:
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Roll out video from Docs Friends:

http://youtu.be/0VaSeXFnO5A



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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12278 posts, RR: 51
Reply 37, posted (3 months 1 week 2 days 10 hours ago) and read 11750 times:

Quoting zanl188 (Reply 36):
Roll out video from Docs Friends:http://youtu.be/0VaSeXFnO5A

According to AW&ST, "Doc" will fly later this year, possibly this summer. Taxi test will begin soon.

USAAF tail number #45-69972, I don't see her FAA registration tail # on her yet.

Here are pictures and the story:

http://aviationweek.com/bca/restored...cle_5#slide-0-field_images-1278221


User currently offlineLMP737 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 4756 posts, RR: 22
Reply 38, posted (3 months 1 week 2 days ago) and read 11541 times:

The polished aluminum looks awesome! Can't wait to see her fly.


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User currently onlinezanl188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3719 posts, RR: 0
Reply 39, posted (2 months 1 week 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 9245 times:
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Number 3 prop turning... no ignition though...

http://youtu.be/NQUUSNd1EuA



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User currently offlineflynlr From United States of America, joined Jun 2005, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 40, posted (2 months 6 days 14 hours ago) and read 8935 times:

Gear swing.
.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=22uDyJfrLcU



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User currently offlinediverted From Canada, joined May 2014, 214 posts, RR: 0
Reply 41, posted (2 months 6 days 1 hour ago) and read 8754 times:

Looking good!

My only experience seeing a B-29 in person was seeing Enola Gay at IAD. Massively impressive.

Huge props (no pun intended) to all the men and women who volunteered their time and expertise to preserve a piece of history in a flying state, allowing us younger generations to get a first hand encounter with her. Seeing a Lancaster, Spitfire, P-51 or any of those old war birds really brings it a lot closer to home than looking at old pictures and images.

Hearing my grandfather's stories of air raids and all the other horrors of WWII, and then actually seeing and hearing those same aircraft types really brings it closer to home.

Again, huge respect to all of those who have served, are serving, and those that have paid the ultimate price.


User currently offlineSooner787 From United States of America, joined Jul 2013, 742 posts, RR: 0
Reply 42, posted (1 week 2 days 9 hours 18 minutes ago) and read 1051 times:

So, any word on 1st flight?

Also, are they still planning on Doc attending Oshkosh 2015?


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