'Doc' to stay at Wichita airport

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

It's official. "Doc's" home will be near Wichita Dwight D. Eisenhower National Airport. 

The hangar and education center costs about $6.5 million dollars. So far, Doc's Friends have raised about 4.5 million dollars. The organization hopes to raise the remaining money by fundraising to the public through a brick memorial paver program. 

The announcement comes on the one year anniversary of the plane's first flight after 16 years of restoration.

Board members say it has been a mission to make Wichita doc's permanent home.


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An announcement is planned Monday about the future of "Doc" - the restored B-29 plane from World War II. And it comes on a big anniversary.

The leaders of the "Doc's Friends" restoration effort may have found a full-time place to park their project. A news conference is planned at one likely location, Eisenhower National Airport, with Wichita Mayor Jeff Longwell and Sedgwick County officials present.

Monday marks one year since Doc had its first flight in 60 years. It took off that day from McConnell Air Force Base, after 16 years of restorative work by volunteers. Since then, Doc has made appearances at air shows across the South and Midwest. It even flew over the Riverfest Sundown Parade in June.

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