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.
Hangar Party Remembers Vietnam
Hangar Party tickets are available now and going FAST! Purchase online here or pick them up at Ford’s Furniture, Nat’s Outdoor Sports, Chuck’s Liquor, and Barbara Stewart Interiors. They are $40/adults, $15/children six-12, five and under are free.
We invite you to see the photo walls and rosters of helicopter crew members. These are the men who piloted, acted as gunners, were air evac, performed maintenance, and all the other jobs necessary to support the helicopter’s mission in their assignments in Southeast Asia.
There will be a photo memorial wall to the 24 Warren County men Killed in Action.
Those interested in the history of warfare will want to check out the artifacts on display in the tent. Robert Decker will be bringing a VN War display from the Patton Museum at Fort Knox. A second display will be BATTLEFRONT! A special Vietnam War display and Living History group featuring standard equipment used by US forces in Vietnam dating from 1965 to 1973. See standard issue grunt in the jungle to Special Forces operating on secret missions as agents in the North Vietnamese Army.
Wall of Honor at Hangar Party 2017
Hangar Party 2017 will feature both a roster and photo wall of veterans who have a connection to a Huey, such as pilots, ground crew, flight crew, medical evacuation and other roles. If you know of anyone who served in this capacity during the Vietnam War, please contact Aviation Heritage Park (270) 421-4885.
Additionally, there will be a wall of honor featuring the individual photos of those servicemen who were from Warren County Kentucky Killed in Action during the Vietnam War. Tickets to the Hangar Party are available by clicking this link or by visiting Ford’s Furniture, all Chuck’s Liquors, Nat’s, Barbara Stewart Interiors and Miracle Mattress June 1.
Army JROTC in Action
Thanks and a shout-out to Bowling Green High School Army Junior ROTC instructors Maj Roy Henson and Sgt 1st Class Doug McKinney. For several years they have brought their cadets to Aviation Heritage Park in May to wash the airplanes.
Today they did a great job. We appreciate their hard work.