Doc Approved for Passenger Flights

Sitting in the bombardier seat of a B-29 Superfortress is an experience of a lifetime. Facebook/Doc’s Friends

More aviation enthusiasts will now be able to hop on a B-29 Superfortress and experience the massive warbird first-hand from the skies as the FAA has granted approval to Doc’s Friends to allow passengers to fly along on the recently restored airplane. The approval comes just in time for the B-29's second planned visit to EAA’s AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, set to take place next week.

Before Doc returned to the skies about two years ago, the only flying B-29 in the world was the Commemorative Air Force’s Fifi. The two massive bombers flew in formation over Oshkosh during last year’s AirVenture.

Prices for the B-29 Doc Flight Experience, which takes approximately 90 minutes including the 30 minute flight, range from $600 to $1,500. The first opportunities to fly on Doc will be available this weekend in Madison, Wisconsin, which is hosting a Heavy Bombers Weekend July 20-22.

The ground portion of the B-29 Doc Flight Experience includes a crew briefing and briefing about the history of the B-29 and its role in the U.S. military. If you’re lucky enough to get a seat up front, here’s what you’ll see. The coordination required between the crewmembers to make a successful landing is quite remarkable.

The money from the flights will be used to fund the continued operation of the airplane. Doc’s Friends will release more dates for the Flight Experience soon.

Pia Bergqvist joined FLYING in December 2010. A passionate aviator, Pia started flying in 1999 and quickly obtained her single- and multi-engine commercial, instrument and instructor ratings. After a decade of working in general aviation, Pia has accumulated almost 3,000 hours of flight time in nearly 40 different types of aircraft.

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