F-111 Warhorse Finally Makes It to New Home

By: Brett Baldeck Email
By: Brett Baldeck Email

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) - It was something not often seen in Bowling Green, a giant fighter jet traveling its way down Scottsville Road. For many, it was a step back in time.

"We are walking into history at 3MPH right down Scottsville Road," says Jim Wright, Aviation Heritage Park President.

A far cry from its normal taxiing speed of 50MPH, the F-111 seen in Bowling Green was on a special mission to a new home at Aviation Heritage Park.

"Every aircraft has its own unique challenges. The F-111 that we are presenting this time we have called it warhorse because it trucked an awful lot of bombs downtown," says Wright.

This time it was heading to the outskirts of town, with some special passengers on board.

"I look at the airplane and I can remember back in the days when we use to fly and I flew her and those were exciting days," says Air Force veteran Arnie Franklin.

Franklin flew more than 700 combat hours during his tours over Southeast Asia. With his plane back in Bowling Green, it's time for others to remember and reflect.

"We want to celebrate El Dorado Canyon and the Raid on Libya in 1986 and we will do that through this airplane," says Franklin.

"It's also to inspire our future generation because our people of today that are going to carry us on into the future obviously and they need role models, they need heroes," says Wright.

After more than four hours of weaving it's way down city streets, the F-111 now rest in it's place at Aviation Heritage Park.

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