I visited Salt Lake City, UT, to attend
13th International Meshing
Roundtable conference. I arrived at Salt Lake City Sunday a
little after noon, and drove to
Hill Aerospace Museum
located next to Hill Air Base. The museum was just 30 minutes
drive away from Salt Lake City International airport, but I once took a
wrong exit of I-15, and took a little longer to reach there.
|Hill Aerospace Museum
||C-124 Globemaster II
As soon as you drive in to the museum, you will be greeted with a
lot of historic and modern static-display aircrafts outside the museum
such as C-124 Globemaster II, A-7 Corsair II, B-1B Lancer, B-52
Stratofortress, H-21 Shawnee (a.k.a. Flying Banana), C-123 Provider,
C-119 Flying Boxcar, B-48 Stratojet, etc.
Inside of the museum was dark like other museums, and it was not
easy to take pictures without a tripod, and I didn't have a tripod.
In fact, my camera was not able to focus on those inside display
I just upload some of the pictures came out nicely. But, I liked
the collection of century series fighters, F-102, F-105, F-106, and
F-111. Also, an interesting display was ADM-20 Quail decoy.
ADM-20 was supposed to be launched from B-52 to deflect guided-missiles
tracking the mother airplane. But, I believe it was never used in
a real combat. (I may be wrong). In fact, I like the idea of
decoy, and I suppose it can be used in more aggressive way.
||ADM-20 Quail decoy
||B-25 Mitchell and F-5 (maybe T-38)
I often hear that a fighter airplane should carry some missile
facing backward so that it can be fired at another airplane chasing it.
There is a fundamental problem in this idea. Imagine you throw a
dart backward. Within a second, the dart flips 180 degree and
points to the direction of its flight path. So, unless you make a
very fast controller, the missile you launch at an enemy fighter behind
you will flip 180 degrees and fly toward yourself. Instead, I
think someone should come up with a missile that gradually decelerates
after launch and stays behind its mother airplane. Such a missile
can intercept a missile fired from an airplane behind the mother plane,
and the enemy airplane would need to give up the pursuit to avoid the
missile approaching from the forward.
|Random shots of inside
of the one of two hangars.
You can see a nice collection of historic aircrafts outside the
museum as well. Some of them are rusting, unfortunately, but some
of them are shiny as new. I suppose the museum re-paints those
outside airplanes whenever they can afford.
Some pigeons were taking a break on the vertical tail wing of the
B-1B bomber. This bomber airplane does no longer have to fly
through the fire and happily resting with birds.
|Birds are taking a break on the
||Mountains beyond the Hill air
||H-21 Shawnee, or Flying Banana
C-123 Provider was a familiar airplane to me because the Air
Heritage Museum at Beaver County airport is maintaining a flyable C-123,
and I often see it on display in nearby air shows.
||C-119 Flying Boxcar. A
And, what made this museum special was that I was able to take
almost profile look of B-52 Startofortress bomber in one picture.
Many air museum put so many airplanes close together, and there is
little chance of taking a profile look of a B-52 without being blocked
by another airplane. Or, I cannot step back far enough. But,
here I was able to.
||What is it? It says B19 and
J18. But, it cannot be from a B-19
||A-7 Corsair II.
The A-7 Corsair II near the entrance of the museum says "YA-7F".
According to the web site of National Museum of U. S. Air Force (Dayton
Ohio), the air force once considered to purchase air-force version of
A-7 Corsairs, and ordered two A-7Ds to be modified for evaluation.
This A-7 probably was one of them.