Satisfy your need for excitement Saturday, April 24, 2021 10 am – 2 pm at Aviation Heritage Park’s annual Open Cockpit event!
AHP welcomes the public to have an up-close look at all the park warbirds. The cockpits will be open on all eight of the static displays for you to check out the perfectly restored interiors. Each will have a knowledgeable docent on hand discussing the aircraft and telling the stories of the pilots. Guest docents will include Brigadier General Dan Cherry, pilot of Phantom 550, Col. Arnie Franklin, F-111 pilot and leader of the USAF portion of Operation Eldorado Canyon, Sgt Patrick O’Leary, a former crew chief for HMX1, and Major General Allen Youngman, former Kentucky Adjutant General.
Viewing platforms will be available for all the park aircraft. From this vantage, park visitors can look inside Marine One, the Panther, Shooting Star, Phantom 550, Aardvark, the UH1, all owned (and regulated) by governmental agencies. Interested visitors may get into the Talon- flown by every astronaut who walked on the moon. The T-38 is owned by Warren County/Aviation Heritage Park. The Cub, honoring Willa Brown, will also be open for viewing inside the park’s restoration tent.
Get the camera ready when you climb up to see the Northrup T-38 Talon. You are invited to not only look, but climb into the seat. The NASA trainer, honoring local astronaut Terry Wilcutt, was flown by all the astronauts who have ever walked on the moon. Additionally, the pilots who have been in its seat include all 6 Mercury missions through 1963, the 10 Gemini missions, and the Apollo program.