Plane Talk


Plane Talk Lecture Series


The Hill Aerospace Museum hosts a plane talk series featuring speakers related to heritage of Hill Air Force Base, the United States Air Force, other military branches, and many other subjects related aerospace and the defense industry. Plane Talk began at the Hill Aerospace Museum more than twenty years ago. The speaker series has usually taken place at the Hill Aerospace Museum each Saturday during the fall and winter months. The series has featured hundreds of notable speakers including Senator Garn, former Viet Nam prisoner of war, Col. Jay Hess, Rear Admiral Jerry Taylor, Col. Robert H. Hinckley, former USAF SAC Commander, Gen. Russell Dougherty, former Hill AFB Commander, Gen.Marc Reynolds and many more.

 Plane Talk begins at 1:00 pm in the Hill Aerospace Museum theater.



November 2, 2019: Richard Butler, Author

November 9, 2019: Bill Love, Retired USAF GLCM Ranger

November 16, 2019:  Jeremy Holm, Author

November 23, 2019:  Chase Johnson, UH-60 Black Hawk Pilot

November 30, 2019: NO SPEAKER



November 2, 2019: Richard Butler

As an Air Force brat, Dick Butler acquired the yen for travel. He’s a retired bookstore owner/manager (Phileas Fogg’s Books and Maps for the Traveler, Palo Alto CA and Marco Polo & I, Tucson AZ) and middle school teacher of ancient history and writing/literature for gifted students.

Dick is addicted to the printed page, particularly in the genres of history, historical fiction and historical mystery. He pursues the archaeology of three empires: Mayan, Incan and ancient Roman; is an amateur musician passionate for Bach and Chopin; and finds artistic expression in the garden and in water- colors. He has a double major in French and English and an MA in Twentieth Century French Literature.

His proudest associations are those with his wife, an engineer, and their daughter, a medievalist.


November 9, 2019: Bill Love

Bill Love is a former United States Air Force GLCM Ranger, a retired Hill Air Force Base aircraft painter, a 31-year Hill Aerospace Museum volunteer, a member of the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah Board of Directors and a Military Specialist with the Fort Douglas Military Museum. Bill will be speaking about his recent F-16 orientation flight with the 310th Fighter Squadron “Tophats” at Luke Air Force Base. 


November 16, 2019: Jeremy Holm

Local author, American bobsled athlete and former head coach of the United States Adaptive Bobsled Team Jeremy Holm has been entertaining audiences for over twenty years with powerful life-changing stories and lessons gained through a lifetime of training for the Olympic Games.

After a career in drag racing, Jeremy experienced a four-man bobsled ride on the 2002 Olympic Park City track which launched a career in this adrenaline-producing sport. Since that day, Jeremy has become a sought-after keynote speaker who focuses on gold-medal leadership, enterprising teamwork, effective communication, handling adversity like a champion, exertive goal setting, and purposeful living to name.

Jeremy has addressed Fortune 500 Companies like eBay to locally-owned giants including 1-800 Contacts and Utah Valley University. He has counseled and coached with gold medal Olympic athletes, world-record holders, Miss USAs, CEOs and renowned musicians, entertainers, authors and more.

Jeremy’s latest third and latest book, WHEN ANGELS FALL: From Toccoa to Tokyo The 511th Parachute Infantry Regiement in World War II tells the incredible story of one of America’s most elite airborne units during the war. As part of the 11th Airborne Division, the 511th PIR, “The Angels”, formed at Camp Toccoa, GA under Colonel Orin D. “Hard Rock” Haugen and spent 204 days in combat in the Pacific campaigns on Leyte and Luzon before becoming the first full regiment into Japan.

Utilizing firsthand experiences and interviews, including those of his grandfather 1st Lieutenant Andrew Carrico of Company D, WHEN ANGELS FALL is a masterful narrative by a former journalist and historian who tells the full story of a young group of America’s heroes whose loyalty to each other and ability to endure war’s harsh realities and the emotional struggles they faced forged bonds of brotherhood that led them to be called, “The Band of Brothers of the Pacific.”

Apart from serving on and with several philanthropic boards and organizations including the Boys and Girls Club of America and The American Lung Association, Jeremy is the creator of The Athlete Outreach Project, a non-profit that utilizes Olympic and world-class athletes to support and promote non-profit institutions across the nation.  

Jeremy has a degree in Journalism and is pursuing a degree in Military History at the American Military University in addition to traveling for speaking engagements and corporate appearances. He lives in Salt Lake City, Utah and can be found on the web at


November 23, 2019: Chase Johnson

Northern Utah native and Arizona State University graduate. After graduating with a bachelors in Finance, Chase decided to pursue his desire to serve our country and joined the Army as an aviator.
He is currently serving as a Chief Warrant Officer 2 in the United States Army, stationed at Ft Bliss, TX. CW2 Johnson serves as a Blackhawk Pilot in Command and Air Mission Commander for 3-501st Assault Helicopter Battalion. As a Blackhawk pilot, Chase has deployed to Europe in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve where he spent 9 months flying across Europe supporting our Nato allies in dozens of multinational exercises, in countries such as Turkey, Romania, Germany and others. 
After returning from Operation Atlantic Resolve in 2017, Chase continued to serve as a Pilot In Command participating in multiple training events across the country. 
In late summer 2017, Chase’s unit was activated to help with multiple hurricanes across the country to include Hurricane Harvey, which was the severe Houston area flooding, in which Chase flew passenger and supply movements. 
The very beginning of 2019, Chase deployed to Eastern Afghanistan in support of Operation Freedom Sentinel. During this 9 month deployment to Afghanistan, Chase was designated as a Pilot in Command, Air Mission Commander, and Flight Lead to assist a variety of Special Forces groups in conducting night operations. During this time, Chase’s Taskforce successfully executed over 75 high risk night missions against known enemy threat and flew over 300 combat hours. Chase recently returned home to his wife, Korttney and 3 year old son, Jaxon about 4 weeks ago. They will be embarking on their next assignment next month to Washington DC. 


Free Admission