Hill Aerospace Museum
Before we get into this outdoor activity I have to say, I have lived in Utah my entire life, and I have driven by the Hill Air Force Base Aerospace Museum abundance of times, and not once have I stopped to visited until now. I’m actually a little embarrassed to think that this museum is so close to home, requires no entry fee, and I never taken the time to check it out.
Even worse, I’m a huge WWI and WWII buff and love watching documentaries and learning about these two historical wars. So, when I actually got up close to a B-29 Superfortess the infamous plane that dropped the world’s first atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which ended World War II, I felt like a kid in a candy store.
Now, the museum is divided into 5 exhibits starting with the Beginnings in aviation, World War II, Dawn of the Jet Age, The Cold War, and Keeping the Peace. When you first arrive, the first area you will see is all the different aircrafts on display outside. One example is the B-1B Lancer which carries the largest payload of guided and unguided weapons, making it the backbone of the U.S. Air Force’s long-range bomber force. Another example is the KC-135 Stratotanker a high-flying tanker used to refuel fighters, bombers, and cargo planes. The outside exhibit allows you to get an up-close view of these aircrafts and experience just how massive some of these aircraft really are.
Entering the Museum:
After enjoying the outside exhibit, the rest of the Hill Aerospace Museum is located inside massive aircraft hangers. The first exhibit brings you to the Beginnings and features a replica of the 1903 Wright Brothers Flyer. From there you can enter the Dawn of the Jet Age which displays some of the fighter jets used during the Vietnam war. Other jets include the F-16A Fighting Falcon, A-10A Thunderbolt II, and the F-15A Eagle.
The museum is a family friendly indoor/outdoor activity that can be enjoyed by all ages. There are public restrooms, tables and benches located throughout the outside, and indoor exhibits. There are no food services available, as well as no food or drink allowed inside. The museum is handicapped accessible.
The Hill Aerospace Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 9:00am to 4:30pm. There are no admission fees, but please bring a few extra bucks to donate or stop by the gift shop and make a purchase. All proceeds go back into the museum. The Museum is CLOSED on New Year’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
A gate pass onto Hill AFB is NOT required to visit the Museum. Simply take Exit 338 off Interstate 15 in Roy, Utah, and enter the Museum grounds through the gate.
If you are looking for a fun, educational, affordable, family friendly activity, take the time and visit the Hill Air Force Base Aerospace Museum. This museum is great for locals as well as those visiting Utah from other states or countries.
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