Hill Aerospace Museum
A Northrop F-89H Scorpion in the outdoor air park, in front of the museum
Hill Aerospace Museum is located in Utah
Hill Aerospace Museum
Location within Utah
Established1981 (1981)[1]
LocationHill Air Force Base, Roy, Utah
Coordinates41°09′43″N 112°01′10″W / 41.16194°N 112.01944°W / 41.16194; -112.01944
TypeMilitary aviation museum
Collection size70+ aircraft[2]
Visitors265,000 annually[1]
DirectorAaron Clark[3]
Websiteaerospaceutah.org
B-1B Lancer on display in the outdoor airpark.
AIR-2 Genie nuclear air-to-air rocket sitting on a MF-9 Transport Trailer inside the jet hangar of Hill Aerospace Museum.

Hill Aerospace Museum is a military aviation museum located at Hill Air Force Base in Roy, Utah. It is dedicated to the history of the base and aviation in Utah.

History

Preparations for a museum began in 1984, when ground was broken on an "Aerospace Park and Museum".[4][a] The museum itself opened in 1987 in a World War II warehouse. By 1989, the original base chapel had been moved to the museum and rededicated.[6] In 1991, a new 9,600 sq ft (890 m2) administration building and 36,000 sq ft (3,300 m2) hangar were dedicated.[7]

The museum recovered a number of aircraft wrecks, including a B-24, B-26, P-38, and P-40 from Alaska in the mid-1990s.[8][9][10][11][b]

In 1996, the museum became the home of the Utah Aviation Hall of Fame.[13] In 1997, it was alleged that seven years prior a number of artifacts and a C-131 were removed from the museum without authorization.[14]

The museum grew again in 1999, when a second display hangar was opened as the Lindquist-Stewart Fighter Gallery.[7] A mezzanine was added to the first hangar, now renamed the Hadley Gallery, the following year.[15][7] An exhibit about Women Airforce Service Pilots was opened in 2004.[16]

In 2014, the museum announced it would be removing 18 aircraft from its collection.[17] Large scale repainting of the exterior display aircraft took place in 2015, with 5 airplanes and 2 missiles being affected.[18] For the twentieth anniversary of its opening in 2016, the Utah Aviation Hall of Fame was renovated.[19]

The museum completed the conversion of a C-130 fuselage into a classroom in 2019.[20][21][22] The museum embarked on expansion in 2021, building a new restoration facility and receiving $12 million from the state for the construction of a third hangar.[23][24] At the same time, it was forced to announce plans to demolish its World War II barracks as it was too deteriorated to repair.[25] Ground was broken for the 80,000 sq ft (7,400 m2) building and 7,000 sq ft (650 m2) connector in October 2022.[26][27] The museum began moving aircraft into the hangar in November 2023, which was dedicated as the L.S. Skaggs Gallery the following May.[28][29]

Facilities

The museum is also home to the Marc C. Reynolds Aerospace Center for Education, which is located inside a C-130 fuselage.[30]

In addition to its collection of aircraft, the museum also houses the Major General Rex A. Hadley Research Library and Archives, which contains technical and historical information related to the aircraft on display.[31]

Also onsite is the Col. Nathan H. Mazer Memorial Chapel.[32]

Exhibits

The museum has a number of exhibits about aviators from Utah such as Brigadier General Leon C. Packer and former senator Jake Garn.[33][34] Other subjects include nose art of the 509th Composite Group and the Eighth Air Force.[35][36]

Collection

See also

References

Footnotes

  1. ^ Another museum, the ARRS Memorial Museum, had been previously established at the airbase in 1975.[5]
  2. ^ The aircraft were restored at Kal-Aero Service in San Diego, California.[12]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Official site
  2. ^ "About the Museum". Hill Air Force Base. 22 June 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  3. ^ Clark, Aaron (January–February 2022). "Trust the Process". Museum. American Alliance of Museums. Retrieved 3 November 2023.
  4. ^ Silverman, Marshall (8 June 1984). "Hill AFB Breaks Ground for Museum". Hill Top Times. p. 1. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  5. ^ "Museum Established at Hill AFB". Hill Top Times. 27 June 1975. p. 10. Retrieved 1 March 2022.
  6. ^ Johnson, Kendahl (1 February 2023). "Historic chapel to get major facelift". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 12 October 2023.
  7. ^ a b c "1980s: Transitioning from Heritage Museum and Aerospace Park to Hill Aerospace Museum". Hill Aerospace Museum. 2 July 2020. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  8. ^ Taylan, Justin (16 January 2022). "B-24D-10-CO Liberator Serial Number 41-23908 Number 85". Pacific Wrecks. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  9. ^ Taylan, Justin (9 February 2022). "B-26 Marauder Serial Number 40-1370". Pacific Wrecks. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  10. ^ Tay, Justin (17 December 2021). "P-38J-10-LO Lightning Serial Number 42-67638 Nose 85". Pacific Wrecks. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  11. ^ a b "Curtiss P-40N-5-CU Warhawk". Hill Aerospace Museum. 30 August 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  12. ^ Quinn, Tom (17 December 1994). "Pilot's Reunion with Lost Love was Uplifting". Salt Lake Tribune. pp. A1, A4. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  13. ^ "Utah Aviation Hall of Fame". Hill Air Force Base. 16 February 2011. Archived from the original on 25 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  14. ^ Davidson, Lee (2 April 1997). "Handling of allegations damages HAFB's credibility". Deseret News. Retrieved 10 May 2022.
  15. ^ Ford, Steven R. (29 June 2000). "Hill Museum Adds Displays, Mezzanine". Hilltop Times. p. 15. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  16. ^ "Hill museum exhibit focuses on WWII's WASPs". Deseret News. 2 October 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  17. ^ Essary, Richard W. (27 February 2014). "Hill Aerospace Museum looks to trim 18 aircraft from collection". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Hill Aerospace Museum planes get new paint". Hill Air Force Base. 20 May 2015. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  19. ^ "Museum opens Utah Aviation Hall of Fame". Hill Air Force Base. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  20. ^ Cromar, Todd (14 April 2017). "C-130 to get second life at Hill museum". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  21. ^ Cromar, Todd (1 November 2017). "Hill Aerospace Museum progressing on major projects". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  22. ^ Cromar, Todd (14 May 2019). "'The C-130 Experience' takes flight at the Hill Aerospace Museum". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  23. ^ Cromar, Todd (26 January 2021). "Hill Aerospace Museum looks to expand community educational partnerships with a new aircraft restoration facility". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  24. ^ Johnson, Kendahl (19 March 2021). "Aerospace Museum approved for major renovations". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  25. ^ Fisher, Barbara (20 October 2021). "Changes ahead to keep Utah aviation history alive". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  26. ^ Potter, Donovan (17 October 2022). "Hill Aerospace Museum celebrates construction of third gallery". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  27. ^ "Aircraft Hangar, Museum Construction Project Lead, Hill Air Force Base, UT 84056 (Davis County)". Construction Journal. 17 August 2022. Retrieved 5 December 2023.
  28. ^ Cromar, Todd (6 November 2023). "Hill Aerospace Museum's newest gallery nears completion". Air Force Materiel Command. Retrieved 5 December 2023.
  29. ^ Nielsen, Rob (30 April 2024). "Hill Aerospace Museum cuts ribbon on new gallery; public can get first view this week". Standard-Examiner. Retrieved 1 May 2024.
  30. ^ "Education Programs". Hill Aerospace Museum. 12 December 2019. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  31. ^ "Collections and Research". Hill Air Force Base. 24 May 2007. Archived from the original on 3 June 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  32. ^ Simmons, Nathan (9 March 2011). "Hill Aerospace Museum Chapel renamed". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  33. ^ Cromar, Todd (19 November 2019). "New Utah Airmen heroes exhibit unveiled at the Hill Aerospace Museum". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  34. ^ Potter, Donovan (7 January 2021). "Hill Aerospace Museum unveils new exhibit featuring former Utah Sen. Jake Garn". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  35. ^ Wesemann, Terri (2019). Metal Storytellers: Reflections of War Culture in Silverplate B-29 Nose Art from the 509th Composite Group (Thesis). Utah State University. Retrieved 2 March 2020.
  36. ^ Cromar, Todd (30 June 2022). "New 8th Air Force exhibit opens at the Hill Aerospace Museum". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 17 October 2022.
  37. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Beech C-45H Expeditor, s/n 52-10862 USAF, c/n AF-792, c/r N87688". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  38. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Bell TH-13T-BF Sioux, c/n 3760, c/r N62233". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  39. ^ "Bell HH-1H Iroquois". Hill Aerospace Museum. 14 October 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  40. ^ "Boeing B-17G-90-DL Flying Fortress". Hill Aerospace Museum. 30 August 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  41. ^ "Boeing B-29-55-MO Superfortress". Hill Aerospace Museum. 30 August 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  42. ^ Cromar, Todd (29 August 2019). "Hill Aerospace Museum's B-29 Superfortress gets historical makeover". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  43. ^ "Boeing B-52 G-100-BW Stratofortress". Hill Aerospace Museum. 30 August 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  44. ^ "Boeing KC-135E Stratotanker". Hill Aerospace Museum. 21 September 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  45. ^ "Boeing-Stearman PT-17 Kaydet". Hill Aerospace Museum. 12 January 2022. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  46. ^ "Burgess-Wright Flyer". Hill Aerospace Museum. 14 September 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  47. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Cessna A-37 Dragonfly, s/n 57-2259 USAF". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  48. ^ "Cessna O-2A Super Skymaster". Hill Aerospace Museum. 7 January 2022. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  49. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Cessna U-3A Blue Canoe, s/n 57-5869 US". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  50. ^ "Consolidated B-24D Liberator". Hill Aerospace Museum. 9 September 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  51. ^ Cromar, Todd (23 March 2018). "388th maintenance shops lend helping hand to restoration project". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  52. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Convair C-131D-CO Samaritan, s/n 55-0300 USAF, c/n 340-233, c/r N8440H". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  53. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Convair T-29C Samaritan, s/n 52-1119 USN, c/n 240-358". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  54. ^ "Convair F-102A Delta Dagger". Hill Aerospace Museum. 20 September 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  55. ^ "Convair F-106A Delta Dart". Hill Aerospace Museum. 7 January 2022. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  56. ^ "Curtiss JN-4D Jenny". Hill Aerospace Museum. 21 September 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  57. ^ "de Havilland Canada C-7B Caribou". Hill Aerospace Museum. 14 October 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  58. ^ "Douglas A-1E Skyraider". Hill Aerospace Museum. 9 September 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  59. ^ "Douglas A-26B Invader". Hill Aerospace Museum. 9 September 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  60. ^ "Douglas C-47 Skytrain". Hill Aerospace Museum. 13 September 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  61. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Douglas C-47B-15-DK, s/n 43-49281 USAAF, c/n 15097, c/r N143Z {2}". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  62. ^ "Douglas C-54G-1-DO Skymaster". Hill Aerospace Museum. 30 August 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  63. ^ "Douglas C-124C Globemaster II". Hill Aerospace Museum. 30 August 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  64. ^ "Fairchild C-119G Flying Boxcar". Hill Aerospace Museum. 30 August 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  65. ^ "Fairchild C-123K Provider". Hill Aerospace Museum. 30 August 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  66. ^ "Fairchild Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II". Hill Aerospace Museum. 9 September 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  67. ^ Cromar, Todd (25 August 2020). "Normally unheard and unseen, a Predator drone is now on display". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  68. ^ "General Dynamics F-16A Fighting Falcon". Hill Aerospace Museum. 30 August 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  69. ^ "Airframe Details for F-16 #79-0402". F-16.net. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  70. ^ "General Dynamics F-16A Thunderbird". Hill Aerospace Museum. 8 October 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  71. ^ Cromar, Todd (6 June 2018). "F-16A Thunderbird jet on display at Hill Aerospace Museum". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  72. ^ "General Dynamics F-111E Aardvark". Hill Aerospace Museum. 13 September 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  73. ^ "Kaman HH-43B Huskie". Hill Aerospace Museum. 14 October 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  74. ^ "Lockheed C-140B JetStar". Hill Aerospace Museum. 20 September 2021. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  75. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Lockheed F-104A-10-LO Starfighter, s/n 56-0753 USAF, c/n 183-1041". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  76. ^ "Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  77. ^ Potter, Donovan (10 August 2020). "No longer stealth: F-117A can be seen at Hill Aerospace Museum". Hill Air Force Base. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  78. ^ "Airframe Details for C-130 #4079". C-130.net. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  79. ^ "Lockheed NC-130B Hercules". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  80. ^ "Lockheed P-38 Lightning". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  81. ^ "P-38 Reconstructed for Hill Aerospace Museum". The Daily Herald. AP. 15 August 1996. p. A13. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  82. ^ "Lockheed SR-71C Blackbird". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  83. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Lockheed F-80A Shooting Star, s/n 52-9535 USAF". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  84. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Lockheed T-33A, s/n 51-9271 USAF, c/n 580-7055, c/r N1452". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  85. ^ Joseph, Spencer (4 January 2023). "U-2 spy plane joins Hill Air Force Base museum". FOX13. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
  86. ^ Griggs, Cynthia (21 December 2022). "Hill Aerospace Museum receives a Raptor". Air Force Materiel Command. Retrieved 3 August 2023.
  87. ^ "Martin RB-57A Canberra". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  88. ^ "McDonnell F-101B Voodoo". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  89. ^ "McDonnell Douglas F-4C Phantom II". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  90. ^ "Airframe Dossier - McDonnell F-4D Phantom II, s/n 66-8711 USAF". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  91. ^ "McDonnell Douglas F-15A-19-MC Eagle". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  92. ^ "Airframe Dossier - McDonnell RF-4C-32-MC Phantom II, s/n 66-0469 USAF, c/n 2632". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  93. ^ "Mikoyan-Guryevich MiG-21F Fishbed-C". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  94. ^ "North American AT-6A Texan". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  95. ^ "North American B-25J Mitchell". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  96. ^ "Aircraft on Loan (by Location)" (PDF). National Museum of the United States Air Force. April 2016. Retrieved 12 May 2022.
  97. ^ "North American F-86F Sabre". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  98. ^ "Airframe Dossier - North American F-86L Sabre, s/n 51-6055 USAF, c/n 173-199". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  99. ^ "North American F-100A Super Sabre". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  100. ^ "North American P-51D Mustang". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  101. ^ "Mustang Rides into Aerospace Museum". The Daily Spectrum. AP. 20 October 1992. p. 1B. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  102. ^ "Airframe Dossier - North American T-28B Trojan, s/n 137749 USN". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  103. ^ "Airframe Dossier - North American T-39A Sabreliner, s/n 61-0674 USAF". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  104. ^ "North American Rockwell OV-10A Bronco". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  105. ^ "Northrop F-5E Tiger II". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  106. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Northrop F-89H Scorpion, s/n 54-0322 USAF". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  107. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Northrop GT-38A Talon, s/n 61-0824 USAF". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  108. ^ "Piasecki CH-21C-VL Workhorse". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  109. ^ "Piper L-4J Grasshopper". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  110. ^ "Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-17F". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  111. ^ "Republic F-84F Thunderstreak". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  112. ^ "Republic F-84G Thunderjet". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  113. ^ "Republic F-105D Thunderchief". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  114. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Republic F-105G Thunderchief, s/n 62-4440 USAF". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  115. ^ "Republic P-47D Thunderbolt". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  116. ^ "Air Force Museum Trying to Acquire Rare Plane". The Daily Herald. AP. 27 March 1997. p. C6. Retrieved 13 May 2022.
  117. ^ "Rockwell B-1B Lancer". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  118. ^ "Ryan Aeronautical L-17 Navion". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  119. ^ "Sikorsky CH-3E Jolly Green Giant". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  120. ^ "Sikorsky MH-53M Pave Low IV". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  121. ^ "Airframe Dossier - Vought YA-7F Corsair II, s/n 70-1039 USAF". Aerial Visuals. Retrieved 11 May 2022.
  122. ^ "Vultee BT-13B Valiant". Hill Aerospace Museum. Retrieved 11 May 2022.

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