NASA T-38 Talon Arrives at Bowling Green Airport for Aviation Heritage Park

By Kristin Martin | 

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- The newest addition to Bowling Green's Aviation Heritage Park is the NASA T-38 Talon that arrived at the airport Saturday afternoon.

It traveled here on a flatbed truck from an Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona where it had been for three years.

The plane is one of two T-38s ever to have a tail number of 908, and it has a long line of history connected to it.

It was used by astronauts who flew missions during the Mercury, Gemini and Apollo programs.

John Glenn, Alan Shepard and Neil Armstrong are among them.

So is U.S. Marine Col. Terry Wilcutt -- a western graduate from Russellville.

"What we're going to do with this aircraft is to pay respects to a local many, Terry Wilcutt, because those astronauts are few and far between. Here we are in Bowling Green, Kentucky and we've got such a wealth of people who are just phenomenal in what they've been able to accomplish and contribute. People we can be proud of and hope will inspire future generations," said Jim Wright, the president of Aviation Heritage Park.

Wright said the plane is in great shape overall, but still needs some work done on it before going on display at the park later this year.

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