BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Aviation Heritage Park announces that the long awaited SH-3H Sea King helicopter is expected to arrive in Bowling Green Saturday, March 9. A group of AHP volunteers is presently at the Naval Air Station Jacksonville, FL, preparing the aircraft for transport. It will be brought to the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport where the public is invited to stop by to see the iconic helicopter.
Sikorsky SH-3H Sea King Helicopter
This marks the eighth artifact to be exhibited permanently at the park. As part of the restoration process, the SH-3H Sikorsky helicopter will be painted as Marine One, the model used to transport the President of the United States on short airlift trips, mainly from the White House lawn to Joint Base Andrews and back. The bird will honor late Bowling Green native Marine Colonel Arthur Mac Reynolds, who flew for four U.S. presidents.
AHP volunteers are being assisted by a team from Clayton International in the preparation and transportation of the aircraft. Joe Neal Balance of Triple Oak Farms, Bowling Green, has provided an additional transportation rig to move the blades and sponsons, which must be removed from the helicopter in order to meet size requirements for roadway travel.
Follow the journey on AHP’s Facebook page, where updates on the trip and close estimated arrival times will be posted, facebook.com/aviationheritagepark/