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AVIATION HERITAGE PARK

Region Bowling Green, Kentucky - Caves, Lakes & Corvettes
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1825 Three Springs Rd.
for GPS only; no mailing address Bowling Green, KY 42122

270-791-1312
270-791-1312
800-326-7465 (toll-free USA)
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A memorial to all distinguished aviators who have called South Central Kentucky home. Aviation Heritage Park currently features a F-4D Phantom II, a F9F-5 Panther, a T-33 Shooting Star, an F-111 Aardvark, and a NASA T-38 Talon, all with very interesting stories to tell.

Brigadier General Dan Cherry, a Bowling Green native, downed a North Vietnamese MiG-21 while at the controls of the actual Phantom on display at the Park. Flying a Panther jet similar to the displayed F9F-5, Commander Johnny Magda, a graduate of WKU, commanded the famed Navy Blue Angels in 1950.

The T-33 Shooting Star honors Glasgow native General Russ Dougherty who flew more than 70 types of aircraft and commanded the Strategic Air Command during the Cold War. The recently restored USAF F-111 was part of the 1986 raid on Libya and honors Bowling Green native Col. Arnie Franklin who was selected to lead the USAF portion of the raid. This "Warhorse" also dropped the last bomb on the last night of the Desert Storm War.

The newest addition, the NASA T-38 Talon, is one of only 12 on public display. It was the world’s first supersonic trainer primarily used by the USAF before NASA astronauts began using them for necessary travel and as chase planes. This T-38 will be on display in honor of local astronaut Terry Wilcutt who was born in Russellville, KY and is a Western KY University alum.

The displays are open daily from dawn to dusk at the entrance of Basil Griffin Park. Tune your radio to the designated station to hear a broadcast sharing more information.
AMENITIES
  • Bus Parking
  • Handicapped Access
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