Bowling Green in Warren County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
McDonnell-Douglas F-4D Phantom II
Brigadier General Edward Cherry, USAF
Cherry joined the United States Air Force as an Aviation Cadet in 1959 and completed his service in 1988, retiring as a Brigadier General. He flew 295 combat missions during the Vietnam War and held the positions of Commander/Leader of the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds; Commander of Moody Air Force Base, GA; Inspector General of the Pacific Air Forces; Commander of the 8th Tactical Fighter Wing; and Commander of the Air Force Recruiting Service. Cherry accumulated over 4,000 hours of flying time and earned several military awards and decorations including: the Distinguished Flying Metal; the Silver Star with one oak leaf cluster; the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters; the Distinguished Flying Cross with nine oak leaf clusters; and the Air Medal with 34 oak leaf clusters. Cherry served in state
McDonnell Douglas F-4D — SN 66-7550
On April 16, 1972 Cherry and his Weapons Systems Officer (WSO) Jeff Feinstein were flying this aircraft, F-4D #66-7550, as number three in a flight of four F-4D's on a combat air patrol mission over North Vietnam. After an intense five minutes dogfight, Cherry and Feinstein scored their first kill. It was a camouflaged MiG-21 flown by Lieutenant Nguyen Hong My, who survived the crash and the war, and was later the guest of honor on April 16, 2009 when Aviation Heritage Park was formally opened to the public. The incredible story is chronicled in Cherry's book, My Enemy—My Friend. Phantom 550 was manufactured in 1967 and completed her service in 1989 after accumulating over 6,000 flying hours. She was acquired by Aviation Heritage Park in December 2005, restored to her original colors and put on display in October 2008.
The USAF credited F-4 crews with 44 MiG kills over Southeast Asia, more than any other type of aircraft. Phantom II production ended in 1979 after more than 5000 had been built.
This aircraft is on loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
Crew: 2 (pilot and weapons system officer)
Length: 58 ft 2
Wingspan: 38 ft 5 in
Height: 16 ft 6 in
Powerplant: 2 x General Electric J79 turbojets
Empty: 30,328 lb
Max take-off weight: 61,795 lb
Max Speed: Mach 2.23 at altitude
Cruise speed: 585 mph
Range: 1,615 miles with 3 external fuel tanks
AIM 7 Sparrow
AIM 9 Sidewinder
General Purpose Bombs
Location. 36° 55.17′ N, 86° 26.095′ W. Marker is in Bowling Green, Kentucky, in Warren County. Marker can be reached from the intersection of Three Springs Road (Kentucky Route 884) and Smallhouse Road, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is located in Aviation Heritage Park at Basil Griffin Park. 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. Grumman F9F-5 Panther (a few steps from this marker); Lockheed T-33A-5 Shooting Star (a few steps from this marker); Northrop T-38A(N) Talon (a few steps from this marker); General Dynamics F-111F (within shouting distance of this marker); Jacob Skiles and Three Springs 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). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Bowling Green.
Also see . . .
1. Above and Beyond: My Enemy, My Friend Dan Cherry and Hong My met in the skies over North Vietnam in. Can you imagine it taking 36 years before you were able to talk with your adversary and “get their side of the story?” Thatís what Brigadier General Dan Cherry did for his engagement on April 16, 1972. (Submitted on September 30, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
2. Bowling Green, Ky Aviation Heritage Park ~Dan Cherry. Brigadier General E. Daniel Cherry entered the Air Force in July 1959 as an aviation cadet and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in July 1960 (Submitted on September 30, 2011, by Sandra Hughes of Killen, Usa.)
Categories. • Air & Space • War, Vietnam •
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