New Museum for Aviation Heritage Park
Aviation Heritage Park has launched plans to build a museum to accompany the aircraft on display at AHP located on the corner of Three Springs Road and Smallhouse in Bowling Green, KY. This museum will display airplanes and artifacts in honor of regional aviation pioneers. Sean Baute from WBKO reports on the $150,000 grant awarded by the Bowling Green Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Hometown Hero- Gerald Roark
WBKO and Hughes & Coleman’s Hometown hero is Aviation Heritage Park board member and chair of the restoration committee, Gerald Roark.
Huey Restoration Update
It was a cold day on December 16 but we had a few guys stop by to take a look at #160, and share some pictures from Vietnam. Restoration activities will cease until after the first of the year. Everybody is busy so we won’t be doing any work until 2018. The crew also needs to run down some parts.
During the rest of December we will try to make #160 accessible if you have family or friends that you want to take to see the Huey and maybe share some of your experiences. If you want us to open the restoration facility for a visit during December, just give Ray Buckberry a call at 270-202-0508 and he will do his best to make it happen.
Season’s Greetings to all and, as always, your help is very much appreciated.
Huey Restoration Begins
Aviation Heritage Park has started to restore the recently acquired UH-1 Huey on loan from the Air Force for display in the park. The Huey will honor regional Vietnam veterans and tell the heroic story of Col. Raymond Nutter. Many area businesses and supporters have provided a helping hand with donations and gifts of volunteerism. After the acquisition of the artifact, Continental Machinery Movers brought the Huey from the Boneyard in Tucson to Bowling Green. The Huey went on temporary display at the Bowling Green- Warren County Regional Airport. It was recently “media” blasted by Southern Kentucky Blasting to remove the paint and then towed to the park by Felts Truck Repair and Towing.
Currently, the bird is being cleaned and made ready for painting by the all volunteer AHP Restoration team in the Gerald Roark Restoration Facility at the park.
View from the Hill
Aviation Heritage Park currently has five aircraft displayed in the park and will soon add a sixth, the Huey displayed at Hangar Party 2017. Each of these artifacts tells the story of a hero pilot. So far, all of these pilots are WKU graduates. And, the Huey is no different.