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After nearly two decades since it was pulled from the Mojave Desert at China Lake Naval Station, the B-29 Superfortress known as Doc will bring its B-29 Doc Flight Experience and ground display tour to Inyokern, CA and the China Lake area.

Doc will arrive at Inyokern Airport and will be available for B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides, along with ground and flight deck tours Wednesday, Oct. 9.

The arrival and event schedule for the B-29 Doc Flight Experience and Ground Tour stop at Inyokern Airport and the China Lake/Ridgecrest, CA area has been delayed by 24 hours.

"Due a minor maintenance item in Sacramento, we are delaying our arrival at Inyokern Airport by 24 hours," said Josh Wells, B-29 Doc general manager and executive director. "While the maintenance item is minor, it requires a part to be shipped from Wichita, KS to Sacramento, which has created our travel delay."

The public event previously announced will be hosted at Inyokern Airport on Wednesday, Oct. 9 from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Details of the event can be found here.

Additionally, the B-29 Doc Flight Experience rides scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 8 have been rescheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 9. All passengers and ticket holders have been alerted via email about the schedule change and will be granted a refund if they are not able to attend the new event date.

"Nineteen years ago, B-29 Doc left California for Wichita to be restored after a team of heroes worked diligently with Tony Mazzolini to rescue the historic warbird from the Mojave Desert," said Josh Wells, Doc's Friends general manager and executive director. "The tour stop in Inyokern and the area surrounding China Lake was added thanks to a team of volunteers and warbird enthusiasts from the China Lake area who traveled to see B-29 Doc during the Chino, CA, tour stop a week ago. After overcoming logistical and scheduling matters, we were thrilled to add one last stop on our California and western tour."

Gates will open Oct. 8 for static ground and flight deck tours from 11:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. following morning ride flights. Admission for the static display event and flight deck tours will be $10 per person and $25 per family. The flight schedule for the B-29 Doc Flight Experience is 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m., Tuesday, Oct. 8.

"It's going to be great to meet the rest of the original team of volunteers who worked for more than a decade to save Doc from the Navy's bombing range," Wells said. "Without these Califonia volunteers, the restoration of Doc by the team in Wichita would not have been possible. We are excited to honor the team of volunteers in the China Lake area and share Doc's completed restoration that began with them more than two decades ago."


For details about the B-29 Doc Flight Experience and to purchase ride tickets, visit Visitors can enter the event in Inyokern, CA at the Inyokern Airport Administration Building, 1669 Airport Rd, Inyokern, CA 93527.

Inyokern Airport (IYK) is a public use airport located one mile northwest of Inyokern, California. It is owned and operated by the Indian Wells Valley Airport District, and serves the northeastern communities of Kern County, California.

Geographically, the airport is situated in the high desert of Southern California, 100 miles east-northeast of the county seat in Bakersfield, 80 miles north-northeast of the Lancaster and Palmdale areas, and 120 miles north-northwest of San Bernardino. The airport covers 1,640 acres at an elevation of 2,457 feet, with three asphalt paved runways that can accommodate almost any class of civilian, commercial, or military aircraft.

Indian Wells Valley is a 33 mile north-south basin located in the northwestern most Mojave Desert, and east of the southern Sierra Nevada mountain range. Local communities include the cities of Inyokern, Ridgecrest, and Lake Isabella.

A touchstone in aviation, filming, and IWV history

In 1943, a university professor and a Naval officer were flying over the Mojave Desert looking for a place to stage a joint rocket program during World War II. The duo looked down at Kern County "Airport No. 8," which which was established in 1935 to connect the remote Indian Wells Valley farming community to the outside world, and decided to look no further. Today, the extensive air and land ranges and laboratories now known as China Lake - home of some of the greatest technological minds in the nation, a powerful economic engine for the county, and a "national treasure" in arming and protecting our military are here because a forward-thinking pioneer decided to put a modest airstrip in an unassuming rural community.

Inyokern Airport continues to subtly shape the course of the culture and contributions of the Indian Wells Valley by providing a playground to intrepid aviators, hosting film crews for everything from commercials to major motion pictures, assisting in military and high-tech testing operations, and supporting some of the greatest milestones in manned and unmanned flight.

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