Aviation Heritage Park honors aviators

By Laura Rogers | 

Aviators from South Central Kentucky will now have a place to be honored. Aviation Heritage Park will feature aircraft like the ones they used to fly.

Retired Brigadier General Dan Cherry spoke the ground-breaking at Basil Griffin Park, which was held on a very important anniversary.

On April 16, 1972, Cherry flew the Phantom 550 and shot down a North Korean MIG 21 fighter during the Vietnam War. That very plane is currently at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport where it has been restored.

“So we hope by the end of the summer we will move the Phantom 550 out here, putting it in its place and finishing up Phase One of the park and have a big dedication ceremony sometime in the fall,” Cherry said.

The Phantom 550 will be the centerpiece of the new Aviation Heritage Park. For more information on the Phantom 550, click here.

Many other Kentucky aviators will be honored including Bert Hall, Victor Strahm, Ken Fleenor and John Magda.

Check out the Aviation Heritage Park's website at www.aviationheritagepark.com.