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B-29 Doc taxis towards the Inyokern Airport Terminal during a past visit to The Indian Wells Valley. / Laura Austin Photo

Doc returns to IYK Friday, Sept. 30

By Patricia Farris News Review Publisher– WWII Boeing Super-fortress B-29 Doc will arrive at Inyokern Airport, Thursday, Sept. 29. Gates will open for ground and flight deck tours from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m Friday, Sept. 30.

B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides will be available at 8 a.m. and 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 1 and Sunday, Oct. 2, followed by afternoon ground and flight deck tours on both days until 4:30 p.m.

Admission for the static display event and flight deck tours will be $10 per person or $20 per family.

For details about the B-29 Doc Flight Experience and to purchase ride tickets, visit www.b29doc.com/rides. Visitors can enter the Inyokern event through the main terminal building at Inyokern Airport, 1669 Airport Road, Inyokern, CA, 93527.

Tickets for static ground and flight deck tours can be purchased at the event, stated Michael Cash sponsor of the event.

Reflection of some history of Doc. After flying into the Naval Base in 1956, the historic warbird sat for decades to be a target. It was pulled from the China Lake Naval Station’s boneyard in the 1980’s by a team who worked with Tony Mazzolini to rescue it. Mazzolini was the chairman for the U.S. Aviation Museum at that time. He was also a member of a B-29 crew when he served in the U.S. Air Force. 

After acquiring a special waiver, not to have the plane D-milled, Doc was released by the Navy to Mazzolini. It took three days to get the aircraft from the base to Inyokern Airport. 

In 1998, Doc left Inyokern and was restored by Boeing to flight condition in Witchita, Kansas.