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Hill Aerospace Museum (at Hill AFB)

August 4, 2013

After we had completed our tour of the Grand Lodge of Utah, we headed 30 miles north of SLC to visit the Aerospace Museum at Hill AFB. They have an amazing collection of aircraft and Air Force memorabilia. Admission is free. The are many volunteers that run the place and would be happy to talk with you about the place.

The museum is stored in two large hangars as well as airplanes stored outside. The first hangar is mostly related to WWI and WWII. The second is mostly Viet Nam and Korean War.


I think that is a C7. Hard to believe that it could ever get off the ground.


Beautifully restored B17. Not designed with creature comforts in mind.


P47 Fighter.


Boing-Stearman tail dragger. “Kaydat”. I never got the experience of flying a tail dragger. There are Stearman’s still flying. (probably not the military variety.)


Prototype Trinity atomic bomb replica used for testing.


MK6 Atomic bomb (replica) used in Japan.


P51 Fighter.


Early prototype ejection seat. I wonder who the test pilot was who got to go for the first test ride in this thing.


Anyone remember the TV series “Whirly Birds”? Also, as seen on MASH.


SR71. Man that thing is big.


Early jet engine prototype.

Several varieties of rotary wing hardware.


One of the aircraft used as “Air Force 1”. Type of aircraft used when the heavy iron not appropriate. I think this was a Lockheed.

If you are in the area, drop by. It’s worth doing especially if you are excited by airplanes. Or perhaps, you got to ride in one of these back in the day.

Joe

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Location:Hill AFB, UT