Aviation Heritage Park hosts annual Hangar Party

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. – There were lines all around the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport on Saturday, but it wasn’t because of a delay in security.

Hundreds gathered at the airport for Aviation Heritage Park’s annual Hangar Party.

The highlight of the 2019 event was the unveiling of a restored Piper J-3 Cub honoring Glasgow native Willa Brown Chappell.

Chappel was very influential in breaking down racial barriers through her dedication as a pilot and activist.

Attendees at this year’s event were treated to a barbecue dinner, aircraft displays, an exhibit on the Tuskegee Airment and a musical performance by local band Bueler’s Day Off.

Aviation Heritage Park Board Chairman Joe Tinius said it’s a special night for all involved.

“A lot of it is just the opportunity to see people who have been associated with the park for so many years, supporting it one way or another,” he said. “Seeing all of those individuals again and having the opportunity to talk about what has happened over the last 10-12 years is always enjoyable.”

The Piper J-3 Cub will now be proudly displayed inside the hangar at Aviation Heritage Park