Hill Aerospace Museum
Located on the grounds of Hill Air Force Base in Ogden, Utah
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The Hill Aerospace Museum is located at Hill Air Force Base just south of Ogden, Utah on Interstate I-15.
Hill AFB is named for Major Pete Hill, who was killed in 1935 while testing a bomber prototype at Wright Field in Dayton, Ohio.
The Boeing B-52G is the largest aircraft at Hill Aerospace Museum.
The Boeing B52 came into the Air Force inventory in 1955. There are still nearly 100 in service. It has a operating ceiling of 50,000 ft and flies at 650 mph with a range of nearly 9,000 miles.
Douglas C-124C "Globemaster"
Known as "Old Shakey", it was operational from 1950 to 1974.
The C-124 was, in it's time, the world's largest operational aircraft.
The Globemaster could carry 200 equiped troops or over 70,000 pounds of cargo. It had a crew of 8 and a range of over 4,000 milies.
Starting in 1950 a total of 448 Globemasters were delivered to the Air Force. From 1970 through 1974 "Old Shakey" was phased out in favor of the Lockheed C-5.
The C-124's wheelwell showing the landing gear assembly which could support it's share of the nearly 100 tons maximum take-off weight.
Boeing B-29 "Superfortress.
Operational from 1943-1960. Dropped the A-Bombs on Japan. Over 3900 produced.
The Minuteman ICBM was the mainstay of The United States' land-based nuclear arsenal. By the time it's phase out began in 1986 over 1000 had been deployed.
The "Snark" was the first operational U.S. intercontinental missile. Born in 1945, first flown in 1951, it was phased out in 1961 by the Atlas ICBM.
The "Flyer B", made by the Wright Brothers. It was the first production aircraft ever built. This one is a reproduction
The Curtis JN-4 "Jenny" was the U. S. flight training aircraft during WWI. There were 6800 built. They were never used in combat.
The "Jenny" weighed only 1390 pounds empty and had a gross weight of 1920 pounds. It was the "Barnstormer Plane" following the First World War.
The Lockheed P-38, "Lightning", was the fastest and most heavily armed fighter in WWII. There were 10,037 built and they cost the government $115,000 each.
The "Lightning" was the first modern fighter with a tricycle landing gear. It was the first American aircraft to shoot down a German plane, and it was the first aircraft to land in Japan after that country surrendered.
The Curtis P-40 "Warhawk" first appeared in 1937 and it was the only U.S. fighter available in quantity at the beginning of WWII.
The P-40 with it's nose decoration was made famous by the "Flying Tigers" under Gen. Claire Chennault who flew for the Chinese government in 1942
The AAF's most common training aircraft: PT-17, BT-13 and AT-6A
The Stearman PT-17 was the first plane in which AAF student pilots flew solo from 1933 to 1947. Over 10,000 were built. Some are still in use today as pleasure craft or cropdusters.
Boeing's B-17 "Flying Fortress" is perhaps America's most famous military aircraft. Production began in 1935 and it first saw combat as an RAF bomber in 1941.
Typically, the Flying Fortress had a crew of 9 or 10, bristled with 12 machine guns and carried up to a 20,000 pound bomb load.
Boeing and its licensees produced over 12,700 B-17s. Of these 4,735 were lost in combat. Today fewer than 100 B-17 airframes exist and less than 13 of these are airworthy.
The North American B-25 "Mitchell" was the most built, the most versatile and the most used medium bomber in WWII. The 1942 Doolittle raid on Tokyo made the B-25 famous.
The Mitchell carried a crew of 6 and a normal bomb load of 5,000 pounds. Of the 9,816 built only 137 airframes exist today. 42 of these are operational
This is one of the landing gear assemblies for a Lockheed C-5A "Galaxy". A total of 28 wheels support its gross maximum weight of over 400 tons.
The "Shooting Star", Lockheed's P-80/F-80, never made it into WWII combat, but was used extensively in the Korean Conflict. It was the first aircraft to exceed 500 mph in level flight.
In November 1950 an F-80C shot down a MIG-15 in the world's first jet fighter air battle over Korea.
North American Aviation's F-86 "Sabre" downed 792 MIGs against a loss of only 79 during the Korean Conflict. 5500 of these were built at a cost of $178,000 each.
Northrop's T-38 "Talon" was first delivered in early 1961. It is currently in service as a supersonic advanced trainer for student fighter pilots.
McDonnell-Douglas F-4 "Phantom" was a multi-role all-weather fighter / attack mach 2 aircraft. The Air Force first flew the F-4 in 1963. The Phantom was an overall outstanding sucess.
When production ceased in 1979 over 5200 Phantoms had been delivered in 17 variants. Their cost each was $18+ million. The Phantom was formally retired from the active Air Force inventory in 1995
The "Fishbed" is the MIG-21. Designed and developed by Mikoyan-Guryevich, about 10,000 have been produced since 1959. 33 countries still have approximately 1,000 on active status.
Fairchild A-10 "Thunderbolt" nicknamed "Warthog". Came into inventory in 1976. Plays a close air support role. The Air Force bought 700 of them and still has about 300 available for active service.
McDonnell Douglas F-101 "Voodoo". Supersonic fighter served during the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Viet Nam War. It set a world speed record in 1957 - LA to NY and back to LA in 6 hr and 46 minutes.
Rebublic Aviation'sF-105 "Thunderchief" was the largest single-seat single-engine fighter / bomber ever built. 397 of the 833 built were lost in Viet Nam.
General Dynamics F-111 nicknamed "Aardvark" never given an official name. A supersonic swing-wing tactical bomber. First delivery in 1967. 563 were built. Served in Viet Nam and Desert Storm. Retired in 1996.
General Dynamics F-16 "Fighting Falcon" is a highly maneuverable multi-role fighter. First deliveries were in 1979. The Falcon proved itself in Desert Storm. The current unit cost is about $34 million.
McDonnell Douglas F-15 "Eagle", a tactical fighter, came into the Air Force inventory in 1976. It has the most advanced avionics systems of any military aircraft. It has served with distinction in Desert Storm and later peace keeping roles.
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 "Hornet" Employed by the U.S. Navy & Marine Corps and a number of friendly nations. It's an all-weather fighter and attack aircraft. The current procurement cost is $24 Million each.
Lockheed SR-71 "Blackbird" a record holding reconnaissance aircraft. 32 were built in secret at Lockheed's "Skunk Works". The first was delivered to SAC in 1964. A few are believed to have been
re-activated and stand in ready storage.
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