The Aviation Heritage Park is a staple of Basil Griffin Park and of the city of Bowling Green. We'll now it's getting a new addition and this particular plane is going to be a new flavor of sorts. It's called the Aardvark and it's coming very soon.
"It is going to be different, it's going to be the largest airplane we have here by far and it's going to pose some significant restoration challenges. We think it's in good shape and we'll have this airplane looking like it did when it was flying in no time. It participated in an operation called El Dorado Canyon and that was a time when President Reagan ordered a strike against Muammar Gaddafi's headquarters in Libya." said Dan Cherry, the Executive President of the AHP.
The AHP chose the plane not only for its historical significance, but also because its got a local connection.
"It honors a Bowling Green hero and that is Colonel Arnie Franklin who flew this airplane when he was on active duty in the Air Force. Colonel Franklin led the air raid on Libya in another plane but number 178 was flying on his right wing that night." Cherry commented.
When you look at the jets displayed at Aviation Heritage Park, you can only imagine what it must be like to sit in the cockpit. But see, that's the whole idea of the park, to inspire one generation by the accomplishments of another.
"Representing these stories here permanently with aviation artifacts is a way to encourage young people to reach for their dreams and to realize that these great things were accomplished by that lived just down the street from them, just maybe a few years back."