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Rare plane makes appearance at KC Air Show

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Posted at 2:56 PM, Jul 06, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-06 18:24:56-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — "Doc" is a rare Boeing B-29 that was built in 1945.

The plane is just one of two left in the whole world. The other one is based in Texas.

Doc's home is in Wichita, for an important reason.

"This is the airplane that ended the war," Steve Zimmerman, one of Doc's pilots said.

Zimmerman, from Olathe, is a commercial airline pilot. He said flying the rare plane is a dream come true.

"It's really an honor and a privilege to get to fly it and commemorate what those guys did in WWII," he said.

The pilot said it really means something to him when WWII veterans get on board the plane.

"We have had some on board, it's very emotional for them. A lot of them I have talked to later said they didn't know how they would react, but they are in tears before they are done, takes them back," Zimmerman said.

People from all over the Midwest travel to Kansas City to see the show.

"One hundred and some odd miles, about a three hour trip," Jerry Parks said. He traveled from Ozark, Missouri.

The heat was no issue for air show lovers.

"Rain, heat. We would of been here," Parks said.

Many of them hoped to catch a photo of some rare aircraft.

"It's fascinating. I love flight. It has always been a thing for me. Amazing things about the air dynamics, and it's always been like a 'wow' moment you know? It's great," Parks said.

The airshow continues through Sunday.