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. 

Museum Renderings

Project Status

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PHASE 1: COMPLETED: Spring 2019

THE FIRST PHASE OF CONSTRUCTION HAS BEEN FINISHED.  ALL INITIAL SITE WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED AND WE ARE NOW WAITING FOR THE GROUND TO SETTLE PROPERLY SO THAT  WE CAN MOVE ON THE OTHE NEXT PHASE.

PHASE 2: UNDERWAY RIGHT NOW!: ESTIMATED COMPLETION SUMMER 2021

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CONSTRUCTION OF THE BUILDING AND SURROUNDING AREAS.
The steel started to go up the first week of February 2021. Photos at right are of the steel going up and the drawings of the building. 

NOTE: This part is on a funding timeline, so you can make a difference by making a donation today!  See below.

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PHASE 3: PROJECTED COMPLETION: TIMELINE DRIVEN BY FUNDING

PLANS ARE FOR THE MUSEUM TO BE FINISHED AS SOON AS THE FUNDING LEVELS ARE MEET.
STAY TUNED FOR FUTURE ANNOUNCEMENTS.

Museum Exterior Rendering
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Museum Interior Rendering
Initial Steel Work
Getting Ready
Moving the Roof Steel
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Museum Campus
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Mezzanine Area
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First Floor Plans
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River Rat 

MUSEUM

"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

Take Off 2020

Matched Capitol Campaign

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Matched and
Unmatched Donations 

 

ABOUT US

The Billy Sparks pack is based out of the Louisville area and covers all surrounding areas of the Kentuckiana area. Our mission is to promote the commraderaie and traditions of the Red River Valley Fighter Pilot Association,"the River Rats,” for those who have come before us and to current members and those wanting to become a River Rat. While flying fighters is not a requirement to be a River Rat, we are united by a shared "Aviation Warrior Spirt.”

ADDRESS

502-548-2654

Billy Sparks Kentuckiana Pack
7716 Cambridge Ct.

Crestwood, KY 40014

 

kentuckianarr@gmail.com

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