550 GETS ROLLING
TO AVIATION HERITAGE PARK
Carroll Hildreth 270-991-7942
Dan Cherry 270-991-0766
GREEN, KENTUCKY—In combat, Phantom 550 could travel at
twice the speed of sound.
this Sunday, this McDonnell Douglas F4D Phantom II will move
at a much slower pace as it makes its way to a place of honor
in Aviation Heritage Park in Bowling Green, Ky.
is a day we’ve long anticipated," says Carroll Hildreth,
President of Aviation Heritage Park. "We’re bringing
550 to her new home."
at 11:30 pm, September 23, an entourage of police cars and utility
vehicles will escort Phantom 550 from its temporary display
area at the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport to
Basil Griffin Park on Three Springs Road. The three-mile trip,
via Lovers Lane and Scottsville Road, is expected to take two-and-a-half
the Phantom is a New Holland tractor, provided by Hobdy, Dye
and Read, Inc. Since Phantom 550 will be pulled along the route
on its own landing gear, the Mach 2 combat aircraft will move
at a mere walking pace. During the transit, the primary and
adjacent roadways will be closed to other vehicles, but traffic
at that time of night is expected to be very light.
The route has been surveyed by the state highway department,
as well as county utility and telecommunications representatives
for vertical and horizontal clearance. Accompanying 550 is a
WRECC bucket truck for utility line safety, and Airport maintenance
vehicles to tend to 550’s potential needs during transit.
been working on this event for several months," says Dan
Cherry, who piloted Phantom 550 during the Vietnam war, and
is now in charge of its final move. "We have had outstanding
cooperation from every agency involved. The construction at
Aviation Heritage Park is to a point where 550 has to be there
to continue. We’re excited!"
should be quite a sight", says Hildreth. "It’s
not often a person can watch a ten-ton combat aircraft coming
down Scottsville Road. And, as Aviation Heritage Park grows,
we’re hoping that this won’t be the last time this
more information about Phantom 550 and Aviation Heritage Park,