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B-29 Doc Hangar & Education Center

When you give history a home, it looks exactly like the new, interactive B-29 Hangar and Education Center (Home for Doc), where everyone can enjoy the science, technology, engineering and mathematics required to restore Doc, the priceless Superfortress manufactured in Wichita during World War II. Since the year 2000, volunteers from Wichita’s diverse aviation workforce, as well as military and business communities, have spent hundreds of thousands of hours restoring Doc. After spending 42 years sitting in the desert, Doc represents only one of two airworthy B-29’s currently in operation, thanks to the tireless restoration efforts that preserved Doc’s rich history.

The 32,000 sq.ft. museum hangar keeps the plane in peak flying condition, preserving it for generations to come.

A 3,500 sq.ft. mezzanine provides opportunity to look down into the cockpit of the aircraft, and accommodates an exhibit gallery which illuminates the war contribution of the B-29 Superfortresses as well as the story of Doc’s restoration.

The outdoor plaza and entry lobby draw patrons toward the majestic plane, which acts as the backdrop for the exhibit gallery. The building also houses offices, conference rooms and locker rooms to support the ongoing care and maintenance of Doc.