Last week I took us on an underwater adventure in the Newport Aquarium. Tonight I am going to find myself in the skies above Bowling Green.
The Red Knight is a Lockheed Martin T33 jet trainer aircraft with a top speed of 580 miles-per-hour. The pilot of this amazing jet, Chris Rounds, has agreed to take me for a ride.
We first climb into our flight suits and it’s time to fly. One of the first things that I notice though is white smoke, but not to worry - it’s just the air conditioning.
Once we are in the air, the pilot asks a question that I never expected. He offers me the controls of the aircraft, under his close guidance of course.
I take the stick and take us into a climb and then into a dive, but I leave the fancy flying to Chris. Chris has flown the Red Knight for nearly five years now and does airshows across the country.
“It’s kind of like a Nascar season if you would. We travel around and every other weekend or so we have an air show,” Chris explained.
The Red Knight gave me a story I’ll never forget, but General Dan Cherry has quite a few stories himslef.
He’s a retired F4 550 Phantom pilot trying to get the Aviation Heritage Park off the ground.
“We’ve got a lot of wonderful untold stories and we think Aviation Heritage Park is a way to tell those stories and we hope that those aircraft on display will be an inspiration to young people,” General Cherry said.
So did I enjoy this high flying adventure? I think the grin speaks for itself.
I think that by far this is the fastest adventure we’ve had here on Adventures in Kentucky. So far my favorite I’d say.