Aviation Heritage Park
A memorial to all distinguished aviators who have called South Central Kentucky home, Aviation Heritage Park currently features a F-4D Phantom II 550, a plane with historic significance. Brigadier General Dan Cherry, a Bowling Green native, was at the controls on April 16, 1972 when he shot down a North Vietnamese Mig-21 during the Vietnam War. Also on display is a Grumman F9F-5 Panther. It is a representation of the plane Johnny Magda, Kentuckian, WKU alumnus, Commander of the Blue Angels and Korean War hero, flew.
Newest to the park is a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, dedicated on October 22, 2011. The plane honors Gen. Russ Dougherty, a Glasgow native who flew more than 70 types of aircraft and commanded the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War. The T-33 also bears the name of U.S. Air Force Capt. Robert E. Mitchell who was killed in the same type of plane during a training exercise in 1962.
The next acquisition is a USAF F-111, being restored to honor Bowling Green native Col. Arnie Franklin, who led the 1986 USAF raid on Libya.
Other planes are in the works, so check back often for updates. Tune in to FM Station 89.3 at the Park to hear more about the aircraft and their pilots!
1825 Three Springs Road (for GPS only)
Bowling Green, Kentucky
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Admittance is free.