The thousands of B-29s that were built during World War II had a single mission: to drop bombs on enemies of the United States. So what’s the mission of a B-29 that’s been restored decades later? According to those who operate and maintain the B-29 “Doc," its current mission is to honor the men and women who built and served on B-29s during wartime. On Tuesday, at the EAA AirVenture Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, “Doc” took to the skies with some precious cargo to carry out its new mission. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle - Additional footage courtesy of Kevin Swinicki) theying@wichitaeagle.com
The thousands of B-29s that were built during World War II had a single mission: to drop bombs on enemies of the United States. So what’s the mission of a B-29 that’s been restored decades later? According to those who operate and maintain the B-29 “Doc," its current mission is to honor the men and women who built and served on B-29s during wartime. On Tuesday, at the EAA AirVenture Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, “Doc” took to the skies with some precious cargo to carry out its new mission. (Video by Travis Heying/The Wichita Eagle - Additional footage courtesy of Kevin Swinicki) theying@wichitaeagle.com

Aviation

Once a bomber, B-29’s new mission carries special meaning

By Travis Heying

theying@wichitaeagle.com

July 26, 2017 07:22 AM

UPDATED July 26, 2017 07:28 AM

The thousands of B-29s that were built during World War II had a singular mission, to drop bombs on enemies of the United States.

So what’s the mission of a B-29 that’s been restored decades later? According to those who operate and maintain the B-29 “Doc,” its mission is to honor the men and women who built and served on B-29s during wartime.

One custom feature built into the rear of the plane, is an exhaust port that can be used to spread the cremated remains of veterans or people who worked on airplanes like the B-29.

On Tuesday, “Doc” took to the skies for the first time at the EAA AirVenture Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. On board the plane was a funeral flag from a B-29 pilot and the cremated remains of a man who helped with Doc’s restoration.

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