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    NASA T-38 Talon flown by Colonel Terry Wilcutt

  • Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green, KY

    Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green, KY

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Highway 231 as a Runway – September 21, 2014

Terry in 901 logo275wThe tentative date of September 21 has been set to move the fully restored NASA T-38 Talon, tail number 901, to Aviation Heritage Park’s collection of historical aircraft.  The plane is the fifth acquisition for the park whose goal is to promote the stories of prominent aviators from the region.

The T-38 was flown by astronaut and U.S. Marine Col. Terry Wilcutt, a Russellville native and Western Kentucky University graduate. This plane was flown by 82 of 85 astronauts in the United States Astronaut Hall of Fame including Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Alan Shepard.

Thanks to innumerable area partners, the process always goes off smoothly. The plan is for the plane to be pulled down Scottsville Road, starting around 10 p.m. September 21, make the corner at Three Springs Road and find its new home at Aviation Heritage Park.

Lift Off at the Hangar Party – June 14, 2014

Talon Presentation poste300rThe 2014 AHP Hangar Party was held Saturday, June 14th at BWG. The theme for this year’s event was “LIFT OFF! America’s Race to Space” and honored Colonel/Astronaut Terry Wilcutt, USMC (ret.) The event featured the newly restored NASA T-38 Talon, flown by Mr. Wilcutt and other astronauts including Neil Armstrong, John Glenn, and Alan Shepard.

The annual AHP Hangar Party, held each June at the Bowling Green airport, is one of Bowling Green’s premier social events. This year’s event featured an air show, music, food and many planes on display. Astronauts Terry Wilcut, Hoot Gibson and Rhea Seddon were in attendance.

Tickets were $30 for adults, $15 kids, age 6-12. The party began with vintage aircraft displays and aerial demonstrations. The dedication was at 6:00 p.m. followed by a barbeque dinner with beverages provided by JB Distributors. The evening concluded with music and dancing provided by Skip Bond and the Fugitives.

 

Talon Arrives in Bowling Green

TalonsunsetA NASA T-38 Talon, with the tail number 901, has arrived in Bowling Green, KY to be added to the Aviation Heritage Park collection of historical aircraft. The plane is the fifth acquisition for the park whose goal is to promote the stories of prominent aviators from the region.

The T-38 was flown by astronaut and U.S. Marine Col. Terry Wilcutt, a Russellville native and Western Kentucky University graduate.

NASA decommissioned T-38 No. 901 in 2011, and it was sitting in the boneyard of Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Ariz. until the park acquired it. Unlike the other planes at the park, which are on loan, the T-38 was given outright to Warren County, and it’s in better condition than several of the other planes when they first arrived in Bowling Green.

The plane was used by astronauts who flew missions during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs, including John Glenn, Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong.

See pictures of the arrival of the Talon and read the history of our T-38 here.