Why do we care?
The Bowman Field Aviation and Military Heritage Festival was created to celebrate and promote this community resource, which is a historically significant icon in our city. This annual event is the beginning of a project building towards the 100-Year Anniversary in 2020.
Our mission: to preserve, restore, and improve Bowman Field’s legacy as the longest continually operating commercial airport in US History. The two-day festival will be held in and around the area of the historic Administration Building and the 1929 Curtiss Flying Service Hangar, currently home of Central American Airways. Aviation and Military enthusiasts from around the country will be bringing their vintage aircrafts from the 1920’s through the 1960’s to display and even provide rides for a few lucky patrons.
In addition to the aviation showcase, the Spirit of 45 event has joined forces with Bowman to have historic military equipment, military memorabilia and exhibits for all to see. Bowman Field has such as rich military history, such as the first place to train Flight Nurses during WWII. We want to thank Humana Military for being the 2018 Presenting Sponsor. All Veterans and Active Duty Military are FREE to attend the Bowman Aviation and Military Heritage Festival. Beyond Band of Brothers, the best historic military travel company will be curating historic displays from WWII and more from the same era.
Additional event exciting highlights, learn more about the impact on our bourbon industry and the historic tales from Four Roses Bourbon distillers. Four Roses tasting times and meet and greets will be posted soon. Enjoy one of Kentucky's oldest bourbons at Bowman!
Bring the entire family! We will have a kids craft corner, food trucks and community exhibitors.
MISSION and VISION
Bowman Field is an accurately preserved and meticulously cared for Aviation Heritage Site and is a vibrant, active public park with historic displays, activities and events, and wonderful spaces where the public can enjoy, learn, appreciate, and engage with aviation and aviation heritage. The Bowman Aviation Heritage Foundation is a fully funded organization with a broad base of community support.
To Preserve and Promote Bowman Field and its Aviation and Military Heritage and to make it a great place for the public and aviators to visit, experience, learn from and enjoy.
Honor Flight Bluegrass
A portion of the proceeds from the Bowman Aviation and Military Heritage Festival will benefit the Kentucky Chapter of Honor Flight.