Near Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Lockheed T-33A-5 Shooting Star
Gen. Russell Elliott Dougherty, USAF
From service with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he entered the military as an aviation cadet, receiving his pilot wings in March, 1943. During World War II his duties included crew and instructor pilot assignments with B-17 and B-29 aircraft. Three decades of intense involvement in the Cold War found General Dougherty in leadership positions, both nationally and internationally. In 1972, General Dougherty was promoted to his four-star grade and assigned as Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied powers Europe, returning to the United States in 1974 to take command of the Strategic Air Command. Following retirement in 1977, General Dougherty was a senior statesman and advisor in military circles and was the Executive Director of the Air Force Association. He died in 2007 and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
Among his decorations are: the Defense Distinguished Service Medal; Air Force Distinguished Service Medal with two oak leaf clusters; Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters; the Bronze Star; and the Joint Service Commendation Medal.
This aircraft is the trainer version of the F-80, which was the USAF's first operational jet fighter. Also known as the "T-Bird", this trainer version was flown regularly by General Dougherty, particularly while serving at the Pentagon. The T-Bird on display came to the USAF in 1953. After serving with a Combat Crew Training Wing at a Nellis AFB, NV, it was assigned to the 1st Fighter Wing at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI. It was then placed on static display at the Yankee Air Museum in Ypsilanti, MI. In January 2011, 27 years later, it was loaned to Warren County for restoration and placement in Aviation Heritage Park.
Length: 37 ft 9 in
Wingspan: 38 ft 10.5 in
Height: 11 ft 8 in
1 Allison J33A35 turbojet
Empty: 8,300 lb
Max: 15,100 lb
Max Speed: 600 mph
Cruise speed: 455 mph
Erected 2011 by the Bowling Green Aviation Heritage Center.
Location. 36° 55.161′ N, 86° 26.098′ W. Marker is near Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker can be reached Click for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1825 Three Springs Road, Bowling Green KY 42104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 4 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Northrop T-38A(N) Talon (a few steps from this marker); McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II (a few steps from this marker); Grumman F9F-5 Panther (within shouting distance of this marker); General Dynamics F-111F (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob Skiles and Three Springs (approx. ¼ mile away); McFadin's Station / Cumberland Trace (approx. 2 miles away); Lost River Cave and Valley (approx. 3.2 miles away); Morgan's Command Organized (approx. 3.2 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Bowling Green.
Also see . . .
1. Aviation Heritage Park website. (Submitted on June 10, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
2. Bowling Green Aviation Heritage Park is on the Grow. (Submitted on June 10, 2015, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama.)
Categories. • Air & Space •
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