Hill Aerospace Museum

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

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.

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.


The museum opened in 1987 in a World War II warehouse. In 1991, a new 52,000 square foot building was dedicated.[3]

In 1996, the museum became the home of the Utah Aviation Hall of Fame.[4]

The aircraft[edit]

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 library[edit]

In addition to its collection of aircraft from around the world, Hill also houses the Major General Rex A. Hadley Research Library and Archives,[5] 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.[5]

ACE Learning Center[edit]

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 museums[edit]

See: National Museum of the United States Air Force and Other USAF museums

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Official site
  2. ^ a b "About the Museum". Hill Air Force Base. 22 June 2010. Archived from the original on 26 July 2017. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  3. ^ Larson, George A. (July/August 2996). "Hill Aerospace Museum". Warbirds International. Vol. 15 no. 5. Canoga Park, California: Challenge Publications. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  4. ^ Hall of Fame Archived 2011-05-25 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ a b Collections and Research Archived 2011-06-03 at the Wayback Machine

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 41°09′43″N 112°01′10″W / 41.16194°N 112.01944°W / 41.16194; -112.01944