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Hill Aerospace Museum

Hill Aerospace Museum, located in Roy, Utah, is a U.S. Air Force museum that is part of the United States Air Force Heritage Program.[1] The museum is located off Interstate 15 and is near Hill Air Force Base.

Hill Aerospace Museum
Hill Aerospace Museum, building & airpark.jpg
A Northrop F-89H Scorpion in the outdoor air park, in front of the museum
Established1981[1]
LocationHill Air Force Base
Roy, Utah
TypeAviation museum
Collection size70+ aircraft[2]
Visitors265,000 annually[1]
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.

The museum, founded in 1981[1] and moved to its current location in 1991,[1] displays over 90 aircraft[2] from around the world, in addition to a variety of munitions, equipment, auxiliary vehicles, and other items of historical interest.

In 1996, the museum became the home of the Utah Aviation Hall of Fame.[3]

Contents

The aircraftEdit

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 Falcon USAF 79-0388.

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.[1]

These displays simultaneously tell the story of both aviation in general and the history of Hill AFB, giving visitors a unique perspective on the growth and evolution of Hill Air Force Base alongside developments in aircraft technology.

Research and libraryEdit

In addition to its collection of aircraft from around the world, Hill also houses the Major General Rex A. Hadley Research Library and Archives,[4] which contains a great amount of technical and historical information related to the aircraft on display. At this time, however, the library is not available to the general public.[4]

Admission, visiting and hours of operationEdit

Hill Aerospace Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00 am to 4:30 pm and closes only on Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year's Day, and Thanksgiving. Admission is free, but donations are accepted to support museum operations.[2]

ACE Learning CenterEdit

The museum is also home to the ACE (Aerospace Center for Education) Learning Center. Volunteer-ran, the learning center has a become a place of discovery, particularly for children of all ages. In the learning center, visitors do hands-on activities about centrifugal force, angular momentum, gyroscopes, electricity, propulsion methods, and aviation.

Other Air Force museumsEdit

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