A historic WWII B-29 ‘Doc’ aircraft lands at Monroe Regional Airport. | KTVE

MONROE, The (KTVE/KARD) —

The B-29 aircraft was the most successful bomber of World War II. It could carry more payload and fly faster and at higher altitudes than current types such as the Boeing B-17, Consolidated B-24 or Avro Lancaster.

His performances implemented systematic long-range bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in Japan in August 1944 and 1945, helping to end the war in the Pacific.

During this time – the Air Force did not exist, so the Superfortress was operated by the United States Army Air-Core – the base used during WWII.

The B-29 continued to serve as a frontline bomber during the Korean War.

About Friends of Doc and B-29 Doc:

  • Doc’s Friends, Inc. is a 501c3 nonprofit board that manages the operation of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as Doc.
  • The aircraft is one of 1,644 made in Witchita, Kansas during World War II. It is one of only two remaining B-29s that are still airworthy and flying today.
  • Doc’s Friends mission is to honor the men and women who have sacrificed so much for the freedom of others, including those who designed, built, maintained and flew the B-29 during and after World Word II.
  • Connect people with the rich heritage of the B-29 and allow aviation enthusiasts to experience the thrill of a B-29 up close.
  • Educate current and future generations on the contributions of the greatest generation in times of war.

Learn more about the B-29 Doc History Restored Tour in Monroe below, or you can visit the organization’s website to learn more.

AvFlight Monroe will host the event at Monroe Regional Airport (5410 Operations Road), Thursday, April 14 through Sunday, April 17.

Click here for a map of the event location.

Doors will open Thursday, April 14 and Friday, April 15 for static ground and cockpit tours from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. both days. Ground and flight deck tours will also be available on Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., after the morning flights.

Admission for ground and cockpit tours will be $10 per person or $20 per family. Tickets will be available at the door.

RESERVE YOUR PLACE AT B-29 DOC TODAY!

For more details on the B-29 Doc Flight Experience, visit www.b29doc.com/rides

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