New Artifact to Honor BG Native Mac Reynolds
Board members from Aviation Heritage Park attended the last Warren County Fiscal Court meeting of 2018 where County Judge Executive Mike Buchanon signed loan documents transferring the newest artifact coming from the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola to BG. The artifact, a Sikorsky SH-3 helicopter, will honor USMC Col. Arthur (Mac) Reynolds who was the presidential pilot in Marine One for presidents Reagan, Bush (41) and Clinton. Supporters may honor Reynolds with donations to this aircraft restoration fund or by purchasing memorial bricks. All donations are being matched by a generous supporter. Restoration will take around 18 months before the helicopter is placed at Aviation Heritage Park.
Donations Doubled by Matching Grant
Aviation Heritage Park’s dreams of a museum in the park came much closer to reality on Oct. 10 with a ceremonial groundbreaking signaling the start of Take Off 2020, a $2.5 million capital campaign to build an 11,000 sq. ft. building to house AHP’s collections of aviation artifacts.
Just minutes before the groundbreaking ceremony began, AHP President Joe Tinius received word that an anonymous donor had pledged $500,000 in matching donations. Click here to make a tax-deductible donation that will be matched.
More than 200 interested people were on hand for the ceremony. With contributions from the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and help from Warren County Fiscal Court, AHP has raised nearly $400,000 toward the project.
“Our dream is now much closer to reality, ”Tinius said. According to Tinius, the $400 thousand on hand will allow for completion of the first phase, including site preparation, constructing a building pad, installing utility lines and building a driveway around the museum building. This is scheduled to be completed by December. “By spring we will start phase two, ” he said.
Brig Gen Dan Cherry USAF, Ret
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AHP Museum Ground Breaking- October 10, 3 pm
Aviation Heritage Park (AHP) will kick off their capital campaign for a $2.5 million aviation museum by turning dirt to mark the start of the first phase of construction.
The kick-off ceremony will take place this Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 3 pm at Aviation Heritage Park located at 1825 Three Springs Rd, Bowling Green, KY. The Museum will include classroom and meeting spaces, state-of-the-art displays, interpretive exhibits, and a restoration facility, in total covering some 11,000 square feet of floor area. You can donate to this building fund via Paypal or credit card by clicking the graphic in this story.
“We are extremely excited about this special day in the history of Aviation Heritage Park,” stated Tinius. “The AHP Board of Directors have envisioned a permanent museum on the site for several years and on October 11 we will take the first steps towards turning that vision into reality.”
Phase one of construction will include grading and site work as well as constructing a storage building, pouring a concrete slab for the restoration facility, and the beginnings of utilities.
Early donors and supporters of the expansion of AHP include the Bowling Green Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Jim Johnson, Dr. Robert Perez, Wilson Blackmon, Hilliard Lyons, Bob & Norma Kirby, R.M. Thomas and Elizabeth Howe-Curtis.
The Museum is set to open by 2020.
Open Cockpit and Drone Dash- Oct. 13
Satisfy your need for excitement Saturday, October 13, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., at Aviation Heritage Park’s annual Open Cockpit event and SOKY Multirotors’ Drone Dash!
AHP welcomes the public to an up-close, open cockpit, look at all six of the park warbirds. Knowledgeable docents will be on hand discussing the aircraft and telling the stories of the pilots.
Viewing platforms will be available for all the park aircraft.
Get the camera ready when you climb up to see the Northrup T-38 Talon. You are invited to not only look, but also climb into the seat of this NASA trainer honoring local astronaut Terry Wilcutt. This Talon #901 was flown by all the astronauts who have ever walked on the moon.
Across the parking lot from the aircraft display, SOKY Multirotors is hosting the fourth annual Drone Dash at Aviation Heritage Park in conjunction with the Open Cockpit event.
Practice: 10 am – Noon
Racing: Noon – 3 pm
Finals- 3 pm
$10 Fee due day of race
Payout based on registered pilots
Standard Pilot Racing Etiquette
More info on the MultiRotors website.