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In Our Back Yard: The Hill AFB Museum

Jul 11, 2018 02:55PM
If you like airplanes or modern military history a jewel of a museum is in our back yard about an hour and twenty minutes north on I-15. It is worth the drive, and parking and admission are free, although they do accept donations. The Hill AFB museum is located just outside the North Gate at Hill Air Force Base, off Exit 338.

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As you drive into the museum you will notice the outside collection of large airplanes and helicopters. The huge B-52 and KC-135 are on your right as you enter the museum property. The C-124 Globemaster heavy lift cargo airplane and an F-89 Scorpion all-weather interceptor aircraft of the 1950’s is at the entrance to the Museum building. The main building is air-conditioned (important this time of year) with two large galleries, a gift shop and a theater. Over 90 airplanes, plus related memorabilia are on display. The museum is well staffed with volunteers to answer questions.

The Hill Air Force Base Museum is a place of remembrance for veterans and their families. It is a place to relate to past events with many individual stories to be told. For younger people, it is a history lesson on the technological advancement of aviation and the quest for air superiority in the conflicts the United States has been involved in. The displays include the 1903 Wright Flyer replica and every major airplane and helicopter up to the F-15 Eagle. The Hill Air Force Base is absolutely one of the best military aviation museums in the country and right here in our back yard to visit.