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.


April 2018


April 7         1:00 pm          Reed Haroldsen                 History of the Enigma Machine

April 14       1:00 pm          Mike Ramsdell                   Russian/Soviet Counter Intelligence Officer

April 21      1:00 pm           Bruce Carmichael             Retired USAF U-2 Pilot

April 28       1:00 pm         Sterling Poulson                Retired USAF, Chief Meteorologist KUTV


Additional information on each speaker:

Reed Haroldsen

Ogden resident Reid Haroldsen has recently completed his third museum quality working replica of WWII German Enigma Cipher machine. The Enigma machine is a piece of spook hardware invented by a German and used by Britain’s codebreakers as a way of deciphering German signals traffic during World War II.

Haroldsen will present the history of the Enigma machine, how it works, and how the code was cracked. He will bring two of his replicas for people to get up close and personal with.

Mike Ramsdell

Mike was born and raised in Bear River, Utah. Upon graduation from Utah State University, he was commissioned an officer in the Military Intelligence Corps. After postgraduate studies at the University of Utah, he began his military active duty as a graduate from the Defense Language Institute (Russian and German) in Washington, D.C.

Mike’s career as a Russian/Soviet counterintelligence officer has taken him on missions throughout Europe, Russia, Scandinavia, and Asia. Mike has served with the U.S. and NATO forces, various intelligence agencies and the U.S. Department of State. His last foreign assignment was for a six-year period in Moscow and Gorky, Russia.

Bruce Carmichael

A native of upstate New York, Carmichael graduated from Colby College (Waterville, ME) and was commissioned through Air Force ROTC.  His first assignment was to Webb AFB, Texas to attend U.S. Air Force pilot training. Upon award of his wings he began training on the B-52D Stratofortress at Carswell AFB, Texas with a follow-on operational assignment to Dyess AFB, Texas. At Dyess, he served in a number of operational positions and was an instructor pilot in the B-52.

Following the assignment at Dyess, he applied for and upon completion of a rigorous interview and flight evaluation process was accepted to be part of the U-2 program at Beale AFB, California. From Beale he deployed worldwide to fly operational U-2 reconnaissance missions. He was an instructor pilot in both the U-2 and T-38 aircraft.

After graduation from Armed Forces Staff College he was assigned to the operations staff at the United States Pacific Command in Hawaii where he was part of the joint reconnaissance center responsible for all reconnaissance operations in the Pacific theater.

Returning to operational flying at Beale AFB, he requalified in the U-2 and T-38 was deployed as part of Operation Desert Shield as the Operations Officer of the U-2 squadron at Taif, Saudi Arabia.  He later commanded the squadron during Desert Storm and the continuing reconnaissance operations after the cessation of hostilities.

Re-deployed to Beale, he was the Operations Officer and then Commander of the 99th Reconnaissance Squadron. As commander, he led the 375-person operational U-2 squadron with worldwide reconnaissance responsibilities.

Upon completion of the command assignment he was named the Director of the Manned Airborne Reconnaissance Division of the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance Office in the Office of the Secretary of Defense at the Pentagon followed by an assignment as a student at Air War College, Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  Upon graduation he was assigned to Headquarters Allied Forces Baltic Approaches (NATO) in Karup, Denmark as the Assistant Chief of Staff for Plans, Policy and Intelligence.

Retiring from the Air Force after a 24-year career, he joined L-3 Communications (now L3 Technologies) in Salt Lake City as a manager, director and vice president. In these capacities he was responsible for a wide variety of ground, airborne and space-borne communications programs in support of manned and unmanned aircraft and satellites. He retired from L3 in 2017, after a 19-year career.

Col. Carmichael has over 4,500 flying hours in T-37, T-38, B-52 and U-2 aircraft.

Sterling Poulson

Sterling Poulson is currently the Chief Meteorologist for KUTV 2 News. He has become a familiar face to 2News viewers, joining the KUTV 2News Weather Team as an anchor, weather producer and meteorologist in December 1989. He is a Certified Broadcast Meteorologist (CBM) with the American Meteorological Society. He served a three-year term as a member of the Board of Broadcast Meteorologists from 1997 – 2000.

This veteran forecaster graduated with a degree in Meteorology and gained his weather experience during his ten years with the United States Air Force. During that time he was assigned to the National Emergency Command Aircraft, 1st Airborne Command Control Squadron in direct support of “Air Force One” at Andrews AFB, Maryland. He was a Severe Storms Forecaster, assigned to the Air Force Global Weather Center and also provided aviation forecasts in support of Air Force and Department of Defense missions worldwide. He served a thirteen-month tour in Vietnam from 1970-1971. He served 11 years with the Utah Air National Guard, and recently retired from the Air Force after 27 years of service. Sterling’s television career began in 1985 when he joined KSL television in Salt Lake City as a weather producer and meteorologist.

When he is not working at 2News, Sterling is involved as Music Director and Founder of The Choral Arts Society of Utah, conducting as many as six concerts each year with the 120-voice choir. He is Music Director of the Days of ’47 Pops Concert and Executive Vice President of the Days of ’47 Inc. He also serves on the board of the Clark Planetarium, and chairs the board of the West Valley Symphony of Utah. In his spare time, he is active in the community, speaking to organizations and schools about the television industry, weather and music. Sterling was the Master of Ceremonies of the Hill Aerospace Museum’s Vietnam Veteran Celebration in 2017.


Free Admission