AHP- Ten Years Airborn
On April 16, 1972, Major Dan Cherry was flying an F-4D #66-7550 on a combat air patrol mission over North Vietnam. After an intense five minute dogfight, Cherry scores his first kill. It was a camouflaged MiG-21 flown by Lieutenant Nguyen Hong My.
April 16, 2009, General Dan Cherry, local legislators, supporters and board members formally opened Aviation Heritage Park to the public. The first artifact on display was Cherry’s F-4D #66-7550, designated as “Phantom 550.” The guest of honor that day was Nguyen Hong My.
April 16, 2019, Aviation Heritage Park today hosts 6 fully restored aircraft: an F-111 Aardvark, a Grumman Panther F9F, a Lockheed Shooting Star, a NASA T-38 Talon, a UH-1 Huey and Phantom 550. Two new artifacts are in the wings awaiting restoration. Work has begun to expand the park and build a museum. Drone photo by Jason Lambert.
Time flies when you’re having fun! Get ready for this year’s 10-year anniversary Hangar Party Saturday, June 15 at the BG/WC Airport. Tickets will be on sale May 15.
New Artifact to Honor BG Native Mac Reynolds
Board members from Aviation Heritage Park attended the last Warren County Fiscal Court meeting of 2018 where County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon signed loan documents transferring the newest artifact coming from the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola to BG.
The artifact, a Sikorsky SH-3 helicopter, will honor USMC Col. Arthur (Mac) Reynolds who was the presidential pilot in Marine One for presidents Reagan, Bush (41) and Clinton. Supporters may honor Reynolds with donations to this aircraft restoration fund.
Restoration will take around 18 months before the helicopter is placed at Aviation Heritage Park. To Donate to the Restoration Fund for this aircraft, CLICK HERE.
Building Fund Donations Doubled
Aviation Heritage Park’s dreams of a museum in the park came much closer to reality in October when ground was broken, signaling the start of Take Off 2020, a $2.5 million capital campaign to build an 11,000 sq. ft. building to house AHP’s collections of aviation artifacts.
AHP President Joe Tinius anounced at the groundbreaking event that an anonymous donor has pledged $500,000 in matching donations to the museum building fund. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation that will be matched.
With contributions from the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and help from Warren County Fiscal Court, AHP has raised nearly $400,000 toward the project.
“Our dream is now much closer to reality,” Tinius said. According to Tinius, the $400 thousand on hand will allow for completion of the first phase, including site preparation, constructing a building pad, installing utility lines and building a driveway around the museum building. This is scheduled to be completed by December. “By spring we will start phase two, ” he said.
AHP 2019 Summer Camp
The 2019 Aviation Heritage Park Summer Camp will take place July 10-11 at the Bowling Green Warren County Regional Airport. Students will learn about aircraft instruments, aircraft design, aeronautical maps, weather, NASA space, aviation careers, practice with a flight simulator and have the chance to fly a REAL airplane with an FAA Certified Flight Instructor!
When: July 10-11 from 8:30AM – 3:30PM each each day
Where: The Bowling Green – Warren County Regional Airport at 1000 Woodhurst Drive, Bowling Green, KY 42103
Cost: $274 per student. Scholarships available, apply now!
Deadline to apply: July 1, 2019
Application info: You can apply online HERE or you can click the button to print an application/waiver. You can turn in printed applications via EMAIL or in person at the Airport Manager’s Office. ALL students must fill out an application/waiver to attend camp. If you are paying by check, please make checks payable to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. If you would like to apply for a scholarship, you will need to fill out a scholarship form AND an application/waiver.
Brig General Dan Cherry USAF, Retired
Purchase General Cherry’s compelling story of reconciliation from the Vietnam War. Autographed copies are $25. Shipping and tax is included in the order. All money from the sales support Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green, KY. CLICK HERE to order an autographed copy ($25) of my Enemy, My Friend.