Colonel Joe Kittinger Park - Atlas Obscura

This roadside park serves to honor and recognize the Central Florida Veterans that served our country and participated in the Vietnam War. The centerpiece of the park is an F-4 Phantom that was flown in the Vietnam War.

The park is named for Colonel Joseph Kittinger, who served in the Air Force from 1950 to 1978. He was a fighter pilot during the Vietnam War, and was shot down spending 11 months as a prisoner of war. In 1984 he became the first person to cross the Atlantic Ocean alone in a gas balloon.

In addition to the monument, the park features a small playground and an amazing viewpoint for watching planes take off and land at the end of the runway at Orlando Executive Airport.

The F-4 can also be seen as you head west into Orlando.

Know Before You Go

The park has dedicated parking off of Crystal Lake Drive, and can easily be accessed by bike from Lake Underhill Path Orlando's trail network.

Open 8:00 am to Sunset. No restrooms.

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