A Unique Aircraft Finds Its Home In Bowling Green

"Another astronaut by the name of Terry Wilcutt, from Russellville, who is a Western Kentucky grad, who has made four flights on the space shuttle, has also flown this airplane numerous times. So, that is what ties it to the community and that is what brings it to Aviation Heritage Park," said Gerald Roark.
 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky (WBKO) -- After numerous requests, a unique aircraft has found a new home in Bowling Green.

NASA's 1966 T-38 airplane came to Bowling Green in March and has since been refurbished for display at Aviation Heritage Park.

According to an airport official, NASA received this plane immediately after it came off the assembly line forty-eight years ago.

This plane was put into service after the original crashed in 1963, with two Gemini astronauts on board.

All of the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo astronauts have flown this aircraft, including Neal Armstrong and John Glenn.

"Another astronaut by the name of Terry Wilcutt, from Russellville, who is a Western Kentucky grad, who has made four flights on the space shuttle, has also flown this airplane numerous times. So, that is what ties it to the community and that is what brings it to Aviation Heritage Park," said Gerald Roark.

The full reveal of the T-38 will take place this Saturday, June14, at the annual Hangar Party. The party will take place at the BWG. Tickets are $30 for adults, $15 for children, ages 6-12. Tickets will also be sold at the event. The party begins at 5:00 p.m with vintage aircraft displays and aerial demonstrations. The dedication is at 6:00 p.m. followed by a barbeque dinner with beverages provided by JB Distributors. The evening concludes with music and dancing provided by Skip Bond and the Fugitives. Purchase your tickets at Ford’s Furniture, all Chuck’s Liquor Outlets, Morris Jewelry, Nat’s, Barbara Stewart Interiors and Miracle Mattress. There will be a limited number remaining at the gate.


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