Two WWII B-29s fly over EAA AirVenture together

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OSHKOSH, Wis. (WBAY) -- History was made Tuesday afternoon at EAA Air Venture Oshkosh.

B-29 bombers fly together

The only two World War II B-29s still flying took to the skies together.

It's the first time in more than 50 years that two of the super fortresses have flown side-by-side.

Fifi has been flying for almost seven years after being restored.

Doc was rescued from the Mojave Desert 30 years ago and has joined the ranks following 18 years of restoration.

"It certainly was a labor of love. It was a long road, there were many obstacles. I didn't think about the obstacles but I took them on as they came," said Tony Mazzolini of Doc's Friends.

Mazzolini wanted to bring Doc back to life.

More than 300,000 volunteer hours later, the B-29 has been restored, serving as a living piece of history.

"We're in the process of restoring the past for the future. We want to make sure that the young generations today, know and see our history and know more about what we have done," said Mazzolini.

While Mazzolini will only say there are a lot of zeros at the end of the cost to restore Doc, we can tell you that it costs about $3,000 an hour to fly.

But numbers like that don't mean much when you're about to make history.

"I just want to make a really cool low level formation pass and everybody love it," said Don Obreiter, flight engineer.

As the only two B-29s in the world out of 16 that are able to fly, this pass above AirVenture in the airshow is priceless.

"It's one of those days that you might sit around one day just dreaming and thinking about, wouldn't that be cool someday, but that's today," said Obreiter.

The two bombers will remain on display all week and fly together again on Friday.