The mission: Build a home for “Doc,” a World War II-era B-29 bomber built in Wichita. Hutton got the orders and set to work building a place of honor for the aircraft. It includes a hangar with observation deck, an education center and office space.
Hutton built the 32,000-square-foot facility on the grounds of Eisenhower Airport in Wichita, the air capital. The $6.5 million project was funded through donations. “It’s just another step toward ensuring we never forget the importance of the B-29 in our nation’s history,” said Jim Murphy, program director for Doc’s Friends, Inc.
AIR CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS
The hangar space is used as a working maintenance facility where the public can watch crews maintain the old warbird, perhaps inspiring future generations to pursue a career in aviation. Construction began in September 2017 and was completed by September 2018.