The Red River Valley Fighter Pilots Association, better known as “The River Rats,” has asked Aviation Heritage Park for space in AHP’s proposed 11,000 sq ft museum to call their permanent home. The 4500-member organization, originally formed in 1967 by combat pilots serving in Vietnam, wants to honor their members and display significant artifacts from their service. No such place currently exists.
With that mission in mind, The River Rats are encouraging their membership to supplement AHP’s fundraising efforts for the $2 million museum. AHP has raised $1 million which included a $500,00 matching grant from a regional donor. The River Rats’ contributions will go towards the second million needed to complete construction of the museum. One of the original founders of the River Rats was one-time Kentucky resident and Kentucky Aviation Hall of Fame honoree USAF Col. Howard “Scrappy” Johnson. AHP was founded to tell such stories, and we welcome the River Rats to our park.
River Rats are invited to contribute to the Capital Campaign on our DONATION PAGE.