Hill Aerospace Museum


This is the place where bomber crews from all over the country trained during WW II. Military engineers constructed a mock enemy city, using salt from the nearby Bonneville Salt Flats, and electrically illuminated a number of targets for night practice. A railroad car, dubbed the "Tokyo Trolley," was set up to move along a section of track at up to 40 mph to give soldiers realistic machine gun practice. These engineering projects are part of the history of the base that is preserved by the Hill Aerospace Museum. The museum's collection includes thousands of historical artifacts, such as military aircraft, missiles, engines, and bombs.

Activity Details

Activity Type:Trips and Destinations
Discipline:Aerospace
Topic(s):Space/Transportation
Grade:K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
Time:Full day

Fun Fact:(Not a fun fact this time.) Hill Air Force Base is named for civil engineer Ployer Peter Hill (1894-1935), who flew and tested nearly 60 Army Air Corps new and experimental aircraft. He died from injuries received from a crash of the Boeing experimental aircraft Model 299, the prototype of what would become the famous WW II B-17 "Flying Fortress."