‘Doc’ scheduled to land at IYK Monday

Rebecca Neipp

News Review Staff Writer

‘Doc’ scheduled to land at IYK MondayWhen a West Coast tour was announced for “Doc” — the B-29 Superfortress that sat for decades at China Lake, and was later restored by hundreds of volunteers before being shipped to its new owners in Wichita, Kan. — residents who had followed or contributed to the local effort were crushed to learn that it wouldn’t be making a stop here.

“I’m happy to tell you that I’ve been working for several years, under cover, with Doc,” Michael Cash announced to the Ridgecrest City Council during public comment at the Wednesday night meeting.

“Many of us were disappointed they did not choose China Lake and Inyokern as one of their stopping points.”

So he decided last week to drive down to the Chino Air Show to meet with some of the leaders in the “Friends of Doc” movement.

Cash said that he discovered that the team was not including the valley on its tour because there wasn’t the time or the money to fit it in.

So he in turn shared about the 100 volunteers who contributed countless hours to the restoration process.

That led to an agreement to work out a plan to bring the superfortress back to IYK.

Although details were still being worked out at press time, Cash said that Doc is scheduled to land in Inyokern Airport on Monday and stay through Wednesday.

Indian Wells Valley Airport Board Director Steven Morgan accompanied Cash to the microphone and added that tickets for rides will go on sale at b29doc.com.

Although further information was not yet available at press time, prices for rides at the Sacramento stop were listed as ranging from $600 to $1,500.

Morgan also noted that airport officials have reached out to the city to assist in coordinating with crowd and traffic control.

He directed members of the public to watch the website for future announcements.

Pictured: The fully restored “Doc” takes flight. — Photo courtesy of b29doc.com

Story First Published: 2019-10-04