Wichita, Kan. -- The restoration of the B-29 "Superfortress" knick named "DOC" is in final stages.
"DOC" is the last known B-29 capable of being restored to flying status. DOC supporters say the plane will be ready to fly before the year is up, likely late summer or early fall.
The plane that helped end World War Two was built in Wichita in 1944. It returned in several pieces on flatbed trailers to Wichita May 18, 2000, after spending more than 40 years in the desert.
Tony Mazzolini found DOC in the Mojave desert and spent 11 years working through government bureaucracy to get ownership of it.
Mazzolini says it only makes sense that once it's restored Wichita be the plane's permanent home. He'd like to see that home be at Mid-Continent Airport. He says Mid-Continent would have more public access than a military base like McConnell AFB. Plus, he says, Mid-Continent has a cross wind runway that McConnell doesn't have making it easier to take off and land.
Jeff Turner, with the organization "Friends of DOC" says up to $1,000,000 is needed in donations to complete the restoration. After that, Turner says, it could take three to nine million for a museum like hangar where it would stay on display and fly from.
Those interested in contributing can go to the Friends of DOC website to find how at www.b-29doc.com/