That look and sound is important to the few remaining veterans who still remember their WWII missions. "Last summer, we got a call from the 73rd Bomb Wing—they wanted to hold their final reunion in the hangar here with Doc," says Murphy. "Listening to those guys and the stories they told, it was a day I'll never forget. One guy had been shot down three times. Another was a gunner, and he'd been shot in the face—he lost his nose and part of an eye—and he only missed one mission. Those guys could have come home after 20 missions, but they all flew 35 or 40. 'We went over to win, not to go home,' they said. All the stories—it was like it was yesterday, when those guys saw the airplane."
This summer there may be two B-29's flying together over Oshkosh. After 300,000 restoration hours they hope to have Doc flying in time to make it to Oshkosh. Fifi, the only flying B-29 will be there and if Doc makes it, it would be the first time two B-29's have flown together in 50 years. Photo courtesy of wired.com.