F-111 http://wkyufm.org en Bowling Green Set to Become Home to Plane, Piloted by WKU Grad, that Raided Libya in 1986 http://wkyufm.org/post/bowling-green-set-become-home-plane-piloted-wku-grad-raided-libya-1986 <p>An airplane with an amazing local connection will make its public debut at the Bowling Green’s Aviation Heritage Park on Saturday, June 8. The F-111 joining the park took part in the 1986 U.S. air raid against Muammar Gaddafi’s regime in Libya—a raid led by a WKU graduate and native of south-central Kentucky.</p><div><p>Sitting in a hangar near the Bowling Green Regional Airport is a plane known&nbsp; as the “Warhorse” because of its many years of service. If you didn’t know any better, you might assume this relic from the military’s not-too-distant past could take off and fly right now.</p><p>Not having an engine keeps this bird on the ground, but it sure looks nice.</p><p>For Arnie Franklin, seeing this F-111 look just the way it did back in 1986 brings forward a flood of memories.</p><p>“It brings all of those emotions that I remember from that mission back to the forefront, and even though it was 27 years ago, in a lot of ways it seems like it was yesterday," Franklin told WKU Public Radio.</p></div><p>This is the story of a Kentucky pilot, a war plane, and a mission. Tue, 11 Jun 2013 14:40:55 +0000 Kevin Willis 32354 at http://wkyufm.org Bowling Green Set to Become Home to Plane, Piloted by WKU Grad, that Raided Libya in 1986