Our Mission for today: River Rat Museum
The National River Rat Executive Board is thrilled to announce the the next mission for ALL River Rats. We have teamed up with Aviation Heritage Park, located in Bowling Green, Kentucky, for them to be the future "Home of the River Rats".
The River Rat Museum would be part of a larger aviation museum being built by Aviation Heritage Park. This 11,000 sq. ft. indoor museum will allow the River Rats to collect, preserve, and exhibit artifacts, documents, patches, flight suits, and other items better suited for a controlled environment. Interactive exhibits will captivate visitors with exciting in-depth insight and understanding of the what and who the River Rats are.
Latest Museum Photos
PHASE 1: COMPLETED:
THE FIRST PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN FINISHED. ALL UNDERGROUND UTILITIES ARE IN PLACE AND READY FOR THE BUILDING TO BE ERECTED AS SOON AS THE GROUND THAWS.
CONSTRUCTION OF THE "OUTSIDE" OF THE BUILDING IS COMPLETE. NEXT UP IS THE INSTALLATION OF ELECTRICAL, PLUMBING, AND HVAC.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES.
CHECK OUT THE LATEST PHOTOS FROM THE OPEN HOUSE HELD ON APRIL, 2022.
PHASE 3: PROJECTED COMPLETION:
Summer 2023 - On Schdule!
Currently, ongoing interior construction is in progress and on schedule.
Grand Opening Fall 2023
NOW IS THE TIME TO MAKE A DONATION!
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One of the museum committee's primary problems has been to determine to focus of the displays due to Rat members extensive area of operations involvement. We had to narrow the options due to having a much smaller display footprint than the National Museum of the US Air Force and the Naval Aviation Museum. This is both good and bad, good in that we hope to have more specific presentations for our subgroups, but bad in that we cannot possibly display all our collective memorabilia at one time. From a very long list of options, we narrowed the field to eleven, which are:
Mat Garretson -- email@example.com
SAC Area of Operations - B-52/Refueling/ Linebacker I & II/Strategic Recon
Ron Bartlett -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Tom Hanton -- email@example.com
F-100 Super Sabre Ops
Gen. Don Sheppherd -- firstname.lastname@example.org
F-4 Phantom Ops
Greg Amos -- email@example.com
F-105 Thunderchief Ops
Craig Pope - firstname.lastname@example.org
Key Wendell -- email@example.com
FAC and related Ops
Darrell Whitcomb -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Wild Weasels Ops
Frank Alfter -- email@example.com
ARRS – Areas included in Rescue Ops
Rouhier Chuck -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Desert Storm and Beyond
Waldo Moynihan -- email@example.com
Listed above are the contacts for each of the groups. Let them know if you have items that you think might work in the museum. Items that don't fit into the above groups but can be related to the history and traditions of the River Rats, contact Pontiff at the museum at Pontiff@river-rats.org.
In addition to these displays, there will be other "eye candy" displayed around the museum that will include:
Artwork: areas of involvement, people/places we should all know about.
Unique Artifacts: for example, mission lineup cards, maps, flags, and other collectible items
Helmets and Flight suits: this should be an exciting collection!
Aircraft Models: the goal is to have one of each type flown by the Rat members
Challenge Coins: River Rat-related groups, Packs, and individual members are encouraged to display their challenge coins for all to see. More details on this coming.
"No Bucks, No Buck Rogers"
We need your help to fund this museum project to preserve our legacy for future generations. In addition to what we have listed below, stay tuned for future updates on how you can help make this a successful mission.
Ways to Support the Museum
Support the museum by purchasing the museum challenge coin. All proceeds go directly to supporting the museum.