Plane Talk Schedule

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.


February 1, 2020

Garet Cooper

Apache Helicopter Pilot

February 8, 2020

Bill Crane

USAF Pilot - Vietnam

February 15, 2020

Pat Condon

Retired USAF Major General

February 22, 2020

Aaron Clark

Hill Aerospace Museum Director

Additional Information on Speakers:

February 1, 2020 Garet Cooper Apache Helicopter Pilot

Garet Cooper is an U.S. Army Aviator. He has spent 12 years in the Utah Army National Guard, serving in various positions from Company Commander, XO, Platoon leader, as well as his current position of Company Aviation Mission Survivability Officer for the 1st 211th Attack Reconnaissance Battalion. Cooper has more than 1,000 hours in AH64D OH58 and TH67 helicopters. Garet is also a current Acute Care Nurse Practitioner for Intermountain's Heart Rhythm group. He has an undergraduate degree from Weber State University where he attended ROTC. Cooper has a graduate degree from Texas Tech University. He has been married to his wife, Andrea, for 13 years. They have 2 children, Vera and James.

February 8, 2020 Bill Crane USAF Pilot - Vietnam

Bill Crane served with the U.S. Air Force for 28 years and wanted to be a pilot from the time he was a boy. Bill joined the ROTC in 1956 after graduating from the College of Southern Utah (now Southern Utah University). He flew the C-7 Caribou, the KC-97 Stratofreighter, and the KC-135 Stratotanker. Bill was also a pilot during the Vietnam War. During his time with the Air Force, Bill served in positions such as Operations Officer and Chief of Tanker Operations at Strategic Air Command Headquarters. Originally from Circleville, Utah, Bill holds a graduate degree in Auditing and Accounting from BYU. Bill will talk about his service in Vietnam, as well as his career in the Air Force.

February 15, 2020 Pat Condon Retired USAF Major General

Stephen P. (Pat) Condon is an executive aerospace consultant, specializing in U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) clients and industry clients doing business with, or interested in doing business with, the DOD. In this capacity, he provides technical assistance in strategic planning, proposal support, organizational issues, marketing, program management, and issues involving science and technology, research and development, acquisition, test, and logistics support. Condon served on active duty in the United States Air Force for 33 years, retiring as a Major General, and is a former Commander of the Ogden Air Logistics Center, Hill AFB, UT. He served as a rendezvous analyst at NASA’s Manned Spacecraft Center in Houston during the Apollo and Skylab programs. Condon also commanded the Arnold Engineering Development Center, Arnold AFB, TN, and the Air Force Armament Laboratory, Eglin AFB, FL. Condon served in the office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition in the Pentagon as the Director of Management Policy and Program Integration and as Acting Director of Air Force Science and Technology, and as the Director of Plans and Programs, Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH. Condon has been associated with Alion Science and Technology, Arlington, VA, with Logistic Specialties Inc., Layton, UT, with Universal Technology Corporation, Dayton, OH, and with Dayton Aerospace, Inc., Dayton, OH. He provides consultative services to government and industry in the areas of weapon system management and acquisition. He also served as a Senior Policy Advisor for Senator Mike Lee (UT), dealing in matters of national defense. Condon holds a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, a Master of Science degree in Aerospace-Mechanical Engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology at Wright-Patterson AFB, OH, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Oklahoma. He currently serves on a number of boards of academic and business organizations, is a member of the Human Exploration and Operations Committee of the NASA Advisory Council, is an emeritus member of the Board of Visitors of the College of Engineering at the University of Oklahoma, is an emeritus member of the Board of Visitors of the Air University, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Utah Defense Alliance, is a member of the Board of Directors of the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah, and is a former National President and Chairman of the Board of the Air Force Association. He also has been recognized with the Hill AFB Community Wingman Award. In addition to many military awards and decorations, Condon is the recipient of NASA’s Exceptional Public Service Medal and the Air Force Exceptional Civilian Service Award.

February 22, 2020 Aaron Clark Hill Aerospace Museum Director

Aaron C. Clark is the Director of the Hill Aerospace Museum. The museum has a collection of more than 70 static aircraft and 3,300 artifacts that are used for the mission to research, conserve, interpret, and present the mission, history, heritage, and traditions of the U.S Air Force, Hill Air Force Base and Utah aviation through engaging exhibits, educational outreach, special programs, and the stewardship of the national historic collection. The Hill Aerospace Museum has a clear vision—to serve as the premier “Air Force Field Museum” —leading the way for others to follow! Clark served in United States Air Force both active duty and then as a reservist Air Force Firefighter.