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AHP Awarded Huey

After years of searching, Aviation Heritage Park has received official word from the National Museum of the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio that our request for a UH-1 has been confirmed.

Helicopters of the 170th and the 189th Helicopter Assault Companies, await the leading of troops at Polei Kleng, in the Central Highlands of the Republic of South Vietnam., 04/10/1969

Helicopters of the 170th and the 189th Helicopter Assault Companies, await the leading of troops at Polei Kleng, in the Central Highlands of the Republic of South Vietnam., 04/10/1969

The park is approved to receive a UH-1 “Huey” helicopter as the next artifact. The process to retrieve one from the “Boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona has begun.

After the selection of the air frame, it will be designated as a museum artifact and then demilitarizing for civilian release. It’s a long process that could take anywhere from 6 months to three years, according to the acceptance letter. (The park waited two years for the F-111 currently on display).

We are excited that the process has begun! As soon as the air frame is released it will be transported to Bowling Green. That’s when the meticulous restoration process begins. It’s a very expensive proposition and thousands of man-hours will be spent making Bowling Green’s Huey a showpiece worthy of display. As soon as we have more information, we will post an update.

Corvette Club Visits Park

 Aviation Heritage Park board members Arnie Franklin, Larry Beam, Bob Pitchford and Carroll Hildreth welcomed the Elizabethtown Corvette Club to the park today. If your group is interested in meeting some of the guys when you visit, be sure to contact us! We will try to set something up!

Restless Heart, Bueler’s Day Off and Airplanes! What a Party!

 AHP Hangar Party 2016 Features Restless Heart

Kick the season into high gear Saturday, June 18 with Bowling Green’s most exciting summer event- Aviation Heritage Park’s 10th annual Hangar Party.  Big Dreams in a Small Town, this year’s theme, promises an evening to remember with a celebrity concert, aircraft displays, food, unlimited beverages and a great dance band. The event this year is sponsored by SpanTech.

Hangar Party tickets are available now on Eventbrite to hear country music icons Restless Heart at this year’s gala in the big hangar at the Bowling Green/Warren County Regional Airport. The CMA award winning artists will be performing a selection of their 28 top 100 hits like When She Cries, I’ll Still be Loving You and Tell Me What You Dream, all #1 hits.

“’Big Dreams in a Small Town,’ the title of one of this year’s featured artists’ hit songs, reminded us of every child in every small town across America who ever looked up at a soaring plane and dreamed of flying one day,” said AHP President Bob Pitchford. Restless Heart will be on stage 7-8 pm followed by local dance band sensation Bueler’s Day Off who will be playing until 10 pm.

Live entertainment and dancing are just a part of the evening of fun. Party goers will enjoy a delicious barbecue dinner, unlimited free beverages and a stroll down memory lane through pictures and displays of the men and women and artifacts that make up the vivid aviation history of south central Kentucky. Several aircraft of interest are scheduled to be on hand, including an extremely rare Spartan Executive once owned and flown by Howard Hughes, a P-51 Mustang Warbird and a fully restored Piper Cub in honor of Glasgow, KY native Willa Brown Chapel who trained Tuskeegee Airmen in WW2.

Party gates open at 5 p.m. Tickets are limited with pre-purchase recommended beginning June 1st at Ford’s Furniture, Nat’s Outdoor Sports, Chuck’s Liquor, and Barbara Stewart Interiors or online at Tickets are $40 each for adults, $15 for children six-12, five and under are free. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door.

If you or your organization is interested in sponsoring a table, please contact AHP at 270-202-7248.

Movie Night at Aviation Heritage Park

Poster - Bridges at Toko-Ri, The_09NEW DATE: Celebrate Memorial Day with us by coming to Aviation Heritage Park! Enjoy a free movie under the stars and in front of five War Birds at dusk (8 pm-ish) on Saturday, May 28 at Aviation Heritage Park. We will be showing Academy Award winner Bridges at Toko-Ri. Released in 1954 this classic war movie stars William Holden as Naval Reservist pilot Lt. Harry Brubaker who is stationed on an aircraft carrier in the Sea of Japan during the Korean War. Although suffering from battle fatigue and longing to return to civilian life with his wife, Nancy (Grace Kelly), he agrees to fly a dangerous bombing mission over North Korea, with the support of his faithful rescue crew, Forney (Mickey Rooney) and Gamidge (Earl Holliman), and his sympathetic commanding officer, Commander Lee (Charles McGraw).

Bring your lawn chair and your cooler. It will be a great night at the Park!

Kite Day at Aviation Heritage Park

FacebookKiteDayAviation Heritage Park will be holding the second annual Kite Day at the Park on Saturday, April 16 from 11 am til 2 pm.
Special featured guests are local favorites, the Red River Fiddlers, with two half hour performances- at noon and 1 pm. Rapid Rick will have his amazing Jersey dogs setup for visitor’s enjoyment.

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!

Drone Dash at Aviation Heritage Park

Date: Saturday, October 17
Time: Registration Start- 8 am
Flights- 9 am – 5 pm
Drone DashLocation: Aviation Heritage Park  located at the corner of Three Springs Road and Smallhouse Road at Basil Griffin Park.
Track: Layout based on the National Corvette Museum’s Motorsports Park “LeMans Circuit.” It is a 1,000 foot course with tight turns, long straights, and over and under airgates.  Click for Course Map.
Green Zone Course: Free flight area away from course for unlimited, fun flying. Part of registration.
Participants: First Person View (FPV) and Line of Sight (LOS) UAV pilots. Click for Participation Rules.
Fee Structure: Spectators – Free (Must remain clear of pilots and out of Green Zone); UAV Pilot Registration– $10 (One-time fee. Full day access to Green Zone); Track Use: $10 / 5-minute track session / pilot. Sessions can be solo or head-to-head with as many as four cockpit day
Prizes: Mall gift cards- FPV pilot with most lap completions in a single session- first and second place.
Other Park Events: Open Cockpits 10 am – 2 pm. Docents will be on hand to provide information. Food vendors- Rapid Rick, Chaney’s Ice Cream and a Barbecue restaurant will also be on hand.
Park Prizes: Aviation Heritage Park will have four Park Hopper passes from Disney World in Orlando to raffle the day of the Drone Dash to participants and park visitors.