On April 16, 1972, Major Dan Cherry was flying an F-4D #66-7550 on a combat air patrol mission over North Vietnam. After an intense five minute dogfight, Cherry scores his first kill. It was a camouflaged MiG-21 flown by Lieutenant Nguyen Hong My.
April 16, 2009, General Dan Cherry, local legislators, supporters and board members formally opened Aviation Heritage Park to the public. The first artifact on display was Cherry’s F-4D #66-7550, designated as “Phantom 550.” The guest of honor that day was Nguyen Hong My.
April 16, 2019, Aviation Heritage Park today hosts 6 fully restored aircraft: an F-111 Aardvark, a Grumman Panther F9F, a Lockheed Shooting Star, a NASA T-38 Talon, a UH-1 Huey and Phantom 550. Two new artifacts are in the wings awaiting restoration. Work has begun to expand the park and build a museum. Drone photo by Jason Lambert.
Time flies when you’re having fun! Get ready for this year’s 10-year anniversary Hangar Party Saturday, June 15 at the BG/WC Airport. Tickets will be on sale May 15.