Hill Aerospace Museum, located in Roy, Utah, is part of the United States Air Force
Program. The Museum is conveniently located outside one of the gates at Hill Air Force Base,
between Ogden and Salt Lake City. The Museum, founded in 1981, was moved to its current
location in 1991.
In 1996, the Museum became home to the Utah Aviation Hall of Fame which was established to recognize individuals in the State of Utah who have distinguished themselves through heroic accomplishments as civil or military aviators or by fostering exceptionally noteworthy advances in the State of Utah's aviation programs. The first act, after the move, was to enshrine the initial thirteen inductees for the Hall of Fame. Since then, a number of well deserving members have been added to the Hall of Fame.
The Museum exhibits more than 90 military aircraft, missiles, and aerospace vehicles on the grounds and inside the Major General Rex A. Hadley Gallery and the Lindquist Stewart Fighter Gallery. Collection also includes a wide variety of ordnance and munitions, an assortment of aerospace ground equipment, military vehicles, uniforms, and thousands of other historical artifacts.
The collection of aircraft is quite large and includes a variety of aircraft from around the world. Among the many aircraft on display are the B-17 Flying Fortress, SR-71C Blackbird, the venerable A-10 Thunderbolt II, and one of the first operational F-16 Fighting Falcons.
The aircraft are divided into five exhibits that focus on a specific era in the history of flight: the Beginnings, World War II, Dawn of the Jet Age, The Cold War, and Keeping the Peace. These displays simultaneously tell the story of both aviation in general and the history of Hill AFB. Visitors get a unique perspective on the growth and evolution of Hill AFB alongside developments in aircraft technology.
The Museum is also home to the Aerospace Center for Education Learning Center, a favorite of locals and a must-see for visitors who stop by from out of town. Founded by one paid staff member and a staff of volunteers as an educational resource for the community, the Learning Center has become a place of discovery, particularly for children of all ages. In the Center, visitors may learn about (and experiment with!) centrifugal force, angular momentum, gyroscopes, electricity, propulsion methods, aviation, and many others. Complete with totally hands-on activities, the Learning Center is a must for any age. The Center is also home to a large collection of flight simulators. The Learning Center is open to the public from 9:30-3:00 pm from Tuesday through Saturday, with an hour lunch break from 12:00-1:00 pm. Educators and those bringing groups may also call ahead to schedule a field trip or a tour, request a tour guide, or request a briefing before touring the museum on their own.
The Museum also has a section dedicated the women who served so well as pilots supporting early war efforts before their efforts were officially acknowledged. These women were known as the Women Air Force Service Pilots (WASP). It wasn't until 1976, that the Air Force announced that it was training the "first women to fly for the military." This exhibit tells the story and contributions made by these women, including the 38 that died. It also features the artifacts and memorabilia of Utah WASP Alberta Hunt Nicholson (1914-2002). Her Santiago Blue service dress uniform and flight uniform are shown, along with other personal items.
I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Museum. As a veteran, this visit brought back a lot of memories of my time in the Air Force.
Oh, by the way. Admission is FREE!!!!!! But, you can also provide a monetary donation to support the Museum. The Museum is easy to get to. It is located to the northwest of Hill AFB, exit 338 off Interstate 15.
7 days a week 9am - 4:30pm
Closed New Year's Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Day
Hill Aerospace Museum
7961 Wardleigh Road, Bldg 1955
Hill AFB, UT 84056-5842