Astronaut Terry Wilcutt

Aviation Heritage Park is pleased to announce that Astronaut Terry Wilcutt will be making an appearance at this Saturday’s Open Cockpit event taking place from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM at Aviation Heritage Park.

Terry Wilcutt is the honored pilot whose story is told through the NASA T-38 on display in the park. Selected by NASA in January 1990, Wilcutt became an astronaut in July 1991. A veteran of four space flights, Wilcutt has logged over 1,007 hours in space. Wilcutt currently serves as NASA’s Chief of Safety and Mission Assurance. He is responsible for the development, implementation, and oversight of all safety and mission assurance policies and procedures for all NASA programs.

Wilcutt will be joined by retired Brigadier General Dan Cherry and retired Colonel Arnie Franklin at Saturday’s event, making every living AHP honored pilot present at their respective aircrafts.

Each fall AHP welcomes the public to an up-close, open cockpit look at seven of the park warbirds. Knowledgeable docents will be on hand to discuss the aircraft, answer questions, and to tell the stories of the pilots. Emergency service vehicles from the Plano Fire Department, Bowling Green Police, and Med Center Health, will be on site providing visitors a chance to check out the vehicles and talk to the crews.

Viewing platforms will be available for all of the park aircraft. The restoration facility will be open so you can see the ongoing progress on the SH-3H that is being restored to tell the story of local aviator, Colonel Mac Reynolds.

Get the camera ready when you climb up to see the Northrup T-38 Talon. You are invited to not only look, but also climb into the seat of this NASA trainer honoring local astronaut Terry Wilcutt. This Talon #901 was flown by all the astronauts who have ever walked on the moon.

Rapid Rick (hot dogs) and Pelican SnoBalls will be in the park with snacks.

As always admission is free and donations are greatly appreciated. For more information about AHP, please visit aviationheritagepark.com.

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