Aviation Heritage Park will be holding the annual Kite Day at the Park Sunday, April 23 from 12 noon til 3 pm.
Special featured guests are local favorites, the Red River Fiddlers, with two half hour performances. Concessions will be available in the park.
Don’t have a kite? No problem! We’ve got some high flying pocket kites available for purchase.
Come celebrate your freedom under the wing of our beautifully restored warbirds that tell the stories of local heroes. Enjoy a day outdoor at Aviation Heritage Park, located at Basil Griffin Park on Three Springs Road. Great fun in the spring sunshine!
New Huey Photos
Summer Aviation Camp Application Available
Each summer, the Aviation Museum of Kentucky offers Aviation Summer Camps at airports around the state. In 2017, one camp will be offered at the Bowling Green airport. The Aviation Heritage Park Camp will be held July 6-7. The camp costs $269 per child, lasts two days from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM and is offered to children aged 10-16.
Students will learn the ins and outs of aviation, from weather and navigation to the parts of an airplane. Students will also have the opportunity to assist an FAA Certified Flight Instructor in a cross-country flight in a Cessna 172. Click the flyer graphic for more details. There will be approximately 25 spots open for each camp this year. Click this LINK for the camp application and also click this LINK for the required flight waiver. There are limited opportunities for need based scholarships. Scholarship Application
AHP Huey Chosen, Awaiting Transfer to BG
Finally! After years of searching and rejections, Aviation Heritage Park has a Huey. Well, not exactly. The bird is not on site.
However, one with AHP’s name on it is sitting in the “bone yard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Tucson, AZ.
According to Patricia Ochs, Air Force Display Administrator with the National Museum of the USAF, the Vietnam era Huey UH-1 is waiting to be demilitarized, readied for transfer to AHP. Once this is done the craft will be officially on loan to AHP. The next step is arranging transportation from AZ to KY.
Recently a search team from AHP traveled to Arizona to view three aircraft available and selected the one best suited for the park. The gunship selected flew with the 20th SOS “Green Hornets,” involved in several insertion and extraction missions deep in enemy held territory. Once on site at AHP the bird will be restored, then put on display. No timetable has been set for restoration completion at this time.
In keeping with AHP protocol, the Huey has a back story connected with a local aviator. This artifact will pay tribute to Army chopper pilot, Col. Raymond Nutter, along with honoring all the men and women from south central Kentucky who served during the Vietnam War.
Nutter was a native of Georgetown, KY. He played football under Coach Bear Bryant at the University of Kentucky before transferring to WKU. He played on WKU’s 1952 Refrigerator Bowl Championship football team.
In 1966 Nutter was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with armed hostile forces in the Republic of Vietnam while serving with the 121st Assault Helicopter Company.
Nutter distinguished himself while serving as platoon leader of an armed helicopter team supporting combat operations near Vi Thanh. Nutter led his air-craft in strikes on heavily fortified Viet Cong positions that were threatening a small friendly force. When two evacuation helicopters were forced to abandon attempts to reach the ground unit because of intense fire, Nutter decided to fly in for the pickup. As he brought his Huey down, it was hit by a burst of fire which riddled the cabin, shot away the controls and killed the other pilot. In the crash Nutter suffered severe injury to his leg, but led two crew members deeper into the swamp as the Viet Cong gave chase. Hoping to escape capture, the team continued to move through enemy terrain. Hampered by injury and beset by leeches and mosquitoes, he hacked his way with his knife through the swamp. On two occasions he was attacked by armed insurgents. He engaged in hand-to-hand combat and killed them with his knife. Early the following morning he made contact with a friendly Vietnamese force and was rescued. More about Colonel Nutter on our site here.
Nutter died Oct. 2006
Funding Campaign for Restore BG Seeks Local VN Vet and Area Support
For several years, AHP has sought a Huey to symbolize the courage of the warriors who served in Vietnam. Recently the park has received official word from the National Museum of the Air Force that the request has been confirmed. The process to retrieve, demilitarize and release the helicopter can be a tedious process leaving the park unsure on its expected arrival. It’s the military.
The mission of Aviation Heritage Park is to assure that military heroes’ stories are never forgotten. With your financial support, the BG Huey will display in AHP as that symbol of the warriors of Vietnam. The park will use it to tell the story of Huey pilot and Distinguished Service Cross recipient, Ray Nutter.
Our budget for this project is $15,000. That includes transportation of the helicopter from the Boneyard in Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, parts, extensive repairs, complete rebuild of the interior, and paint.
Work finished this week on the refurbishment of the T-33, on display in honor of General Russ Dougherty of Glasgow, Commander of the Strategic Air Command. The Mobile Maintenance Shelter was moved to the F-4, known as Phantom 550, the exact plane flown by General Dan Cherry in the Vietnam War when he shot down a MiG-21 flown by Nguyễn Hồng Mỹ.
All of this work could not have been accomplished without the community partners and volunteers who continue to work on this project. Special thanks go out to Jerry Cantrell and team from Continental Machinery (for providing the steel plates), and J. David Fields and team from Western Crane. These guys have their “stuff” together. Thanks also to Tanker, SAR, Barrett Barnes, Mach Yowell, Rooster and Air Boss for making the move go smooth.
We have great volunteers at the park who help with the refurb project. But, we need more. If you need a hobby project and have some spare time, please call Gerry (270) 618-0226 to inquire.