Hangar Party Updates

Buy Hangar Party Tickets

The Hangar Party is TODAY, June 16 at BG Airport. Tickets on sale at the gate. If you purchased online, go to the gate and tell them you are on the will-call list. They will check you in and give you an armband. Adults- $40; Kids (6-12) $15. Gates open at 5 pm. Admission includes exhibits, meal, beverages and music from Bueler’s Day Off. Also available in Bowling Green at Ford’s Furniture, Nat’s, Chuck’s Liquors (Three Springs Road) and Barbara Stewart’s.

Huey Rides June 15-16

HUEY RIDES! BG Airport June 15-16, Friday 9am til no riders/ sunset, Saturday 9am til 4:30ish. $50/ passenger, 8 on a ride lasting approximately 10 minutes. Kids must be big enough to strap into a seat. Not included in Hangar Party ticket. Announcements about rides will be on the AHP Facebook page.


KY National Guard’s Black Hawk Comes to Hangar Party

Kentucky National Guard aviation has received command permission to bring one of their 10 UH-60M Black Hawk helicopter to the 2018 Aviation Heritage Park Hangar Party.

The Black Hawk’s pilot and crew will not be strangers to Bowling Green. The pilot, Major Stephen Martin, is a Western Kentucky University graduate. The helicopter, along with many other exciting historical and experimental aircraft will be behind the event hangar.

All aircraft arrival is based on weather conditions.


Wide Array of Aircraft Expected at Hangar Party

Aviation Heritage Park’s Hangar Party traditionally hosts a wide display of historical, experimental and significant aircraft.

In recent years the party has had: DC-3, B-25, Spartan Executive (owned by Howard Hughes), Piper Cubs, T-6 Texans, Stearman bi-planes, YAK acrobat, T-33 Shooting Star, P-51 Mustang, experimental and handbuilt aircraft plus a full flight of Globe Swifts.

This year is no different. Although all aircraft arrival is weather dependent, AHP is expecting a Black Hawk plus an array of past headliners.

Dance with Bueler’s Day Off

Your Hangar Party ticket is all inclusive for a full evening of fun. Gates open at 5 pm. Have a beverage while you visit the exhibits and aircraft. You don’t want to miss the 6 pm ceremony honoring area Vietnam veterans and introducing the family of Col. Ray Nutter. The fully restored Huey will be unveiled. Enjoy a great barbecue dinner served at 7 pm.

And then, around 8 pm, the party rocks with Bowling Green’s #1 party band, Bueler’s Day Off.

Be sure to wear your party shoes!!

Ray Nutter – the Face of Vietnam Vets at Aviation Heritage Park

Aviation Heritage Park uses historically accurate aircraft to tell the story of regional aviator heroes. Colonel Raymond Nutter will be the “face” of the newly restored UH-1 Huey to be unveiled at the Hangar Party and then displayed at the park. Nutter was a Western Kentucky University graduate and one of the thousands of Vietnam-era helicopter pilots to fly a Huey. Nutter’s combat service in Vietnam earned numerous citations for valor, including the Distinguished Service Cross, the nation’s second-highest medal for valor. Read about Col.Nutter here.

Fully Restored Huey to be Unveiled at Hangar Party

The Huey is painted and she looks outstanding. The finishing touch was the decals for the Vikings and the Soc Trang Tigers. The Huey will be unveiled at the June 16 Hangar Party. The Huey honors area Vietnam veterans and tells the heroic story of Col. Ray Nutter, a Huey pilot in the 121st Assault Helicopter Company. To read about Colonel Nutter click HERE.

Vietnam War Display at Hangar Party

Be sure to stop by the Battle Front tent when you arrive at the Hangar Party to see a large display of Vietnam era uniforms, implements, vehicles and the daily needs of a soldier. Brian Meier and his group of re-enactors/ historians portray soldiers from Vietnam and give a real picture into the life of the American GI during that period of time. Meier’s group participates in Living History Events, Historical Studies, Military Displays, Battle Reenactments and Documentaries.