Restored plane moves to aviation park for display

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (AP) -

The scene on Scottsville Road on a recent night resembled a parade for a returning hero, with a police escort accompanying the center of attention and curious onlookers waving and capturing the moment on their camera phones.

The procession was for the General Dynamics F-111, a restored fighter/bomber and tactical strike plane destined for display at the Aviation Heritage Park.

For its final taxi, the plane, also known as "Warhorse," set off from Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport and was towed by a tractor along Scottsville, Three Springs and Smallhouse roads into the park.

The F-111 aircraft entered service in 1967 with the U.S. Air Force and the fleet was retired in 1998. After retirement, the fleet of planes was stored at an Air Force base in Arizona, which is where aviation heritage park officials found the aircraft.


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