Warbirds

Taxi Test A Milestone For B-29 ’Doc’ »

Puttering slowly across the tarmac, with only two of its four big engines slowly turning, might not seem like much of a feat for a B-29, but for Wichita’s “Doc,” it was a milestone — the low-speed taxi test was the first time in 60 years the airplane moved under its own power. The test took place last week in Wichita, as the restoration team continues to work toward first flight. Doc traveled about a half mile during the test at speeds up to 10 mph, and the crew was able to successfully check the brakes and the turning mechanisms, according to Doc’s Friends, the nonprofit group that is restoring the airplane. More

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