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Colton Fletcher
another good one!
Anthony Holding
Excellent photo please give information on aircraft and where
Colin Seftel
Anthony, that's a B-29 N69972, one of only two still airworthy. Details here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doc_(aircraft)
Eko Andhi Wardana
foto yang bagus... mantap
STEPHEN FURTAK
So frickin CLEAN! Does it fly? ;)
rbt schaffer
That's not an airplane,,, That is a piece of ART .... and a lot of hard work
Jeff Free
I'm so glad to see "Doc" out and about! I've followed the progress of this big bird for years. It's a fantastic story. Great picture and thanks for sharing.
John Lease
A lot of elbow grease has gone into that air craft for sure!
a mentor
oompleted post WWII, so it's not 100% B-29 ... eg: no turrets.
David Seider
@ a mentor: "Doc" is indeed a full-fledged 100% Boeing - Wichita B-29-70-BW Superfortress. According to Wikipedia (see Colin Seftel's post, above), this aircraft was given USAAF Serial Number 44-69972. Doc was built in 1944 and delivered to the USAAF in March 1945 (the war in the Pacific still had ~5 months to play out).

Doc did not see combat, but (not knowing for certain, this is an informed guess on my part) there is no reason to believe that construction of this frame - during the war - did not include the gun turrets and aiming station blisters. It is reasonable to believe that these were removed at some point in Doc's long career. Back to Wikipedia: There were 311 B-29 airframes built without turrets, but these were built by Bell - Atlanta.

Cheers!
john cook
And you'll notice no turrets on Enola Gay.
You say she's not 100% B-29????
Greg Brosius
Towards the end of the war, General Lemay had most if not all defensive armament removed to increase bomb load. There wasn't much need for it by then, considering Japan's lack of fighter defense, and the Mustang escort's protection.
a mentor
sorry but i've lost the documentation re Doc being built from day one w/o turrets.
I think @Greg is spot on in that by late '45, they were considered unnecessary.

And I didn't say she's NOT a -29 -- just not as originally designed.
serge LOTH
Thanks to all these people maintaining all these old ladies everywhere in the world.. They work for human history..

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