Lift Off at the Hangar Party – June 14, 2014
The 2014 AHP Hangar Party will be Saturday, June 14th at BWG. The theme for this year’s event is “LIFT OFF! America’s Race to Space” and will honor Colonel/Astronaut Terry Wilcutt, USMC (ret.) This event will feature 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 will feature an air show, music, food and many planes on display. Astronauts Terry Wilcut, Hoot Gibson and Rhea Seddon will be in attendance.
Tickets will be $30 for adults, $15 kids, age 6-12 and are on sale now. The party begins at 5:00 p.m with vintage aircraft displays and aerial demonstrations. The dedication is at 6:00 p.m. followed by a barbeque dinner with beverages provided by JB Distributors. The evening concludes with music and dancing provided by Skip Bond and the Fugitives.
AHP is seeking sponsorships and unique static display aircraft. Sponsorship opportunities and information about static display aircraft can be found by following the links below.
Purchase your tickets at Ford’s Furniture, all Chuck’s Liquor Outlets, Morris Jewelry, Nat’s, Barbara Stewart Interiors and Miracle Mattress. There will be a limited number remaining at the gate.
Talon Arrives in Bowling Green
A 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.
Aviation Summer Camp
Each summer, the Aviation Museum of Kentucky offers Aviation Summer Camps at airports around the state. In 2014, Aviation Summer Camp at BWG will be July 8-9 and July 10-11. Each camp is for two days, from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM and is offered to children ages 10-15. 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. There will be approximately 25 spots open for each camp this year, so be sure to check the BWG website for camp applications and further information!