Norm Nelson served 4 tours of duty in Vietnam with the USAF, and was part of the Honor Guard at John F. Kennedy's funeral. He served as an ammo troop ("BB Stacker), and later in research & development with munitions systems. Norm has been with the Museum since it opened in 1982. Thanks for your service Norm!
Dennis Jacobs was a Crew Chief with the USAF for 10 years. He served on the C-119 during the Cuban Missile Crisis. He's been with the Museum for one year. Thanks for your service Dennis!
Joe Maschi grew up in Brooklyn and joined the Air Force at 15, but stayed in only 5 months. (They found out his true age.) Joe later became an aviation instructor, and a commercial pilot. He has also flown 60 loops in a Cessna in 1 hour. Joe has been with the Museum for 2 years. Thanks for all you do Joe!
Dan Norgail has been with the Museum for 25 years & served in the USAF for 30 years in Avionics. He did Aircraft Maintenance on the F-15 and F-16, and was AWACS (Airborne Warning and Control System) Electronic Superintendent for NATO. Thanks for your service Dan!
Shirley Hungerford turns 90 years young this year (2020) and has been with the Museum for 27 years! She grew up in Roy, Utah, was a military wife, and she brings a smile to everyone she meets. Thanks for all you do Shirley!
Don Pantone is a "founding father" of Hill Aerospace Museum. He was a member of the team that recovered the Museum's P-38 and B-24 from the Aleutian Islands, and was directly involved in acquiring and restoring many of the Museum's aircraft. Don served with the Merchant Marines and the USAF, before retiring as a Colonel. He was also a test engineer for Minuteman Weapons System at Hill AFB. Thanks for everything you've done Don, and all you continue to do!
Deloy Spencer has volunteered more than 25,000 hours at the Hill Aerospace Museum!! Deloy grew up in Escalante, Utah and joined the US Air Force during the Korean War. He then taught history at Weber High School for 28 years. Deloy helped start the Museum's educational Outreach Program, as well as the "Plane Talk" program. Thanks for all of your service Deloy!
Virgil Carter. Virgil served on the USS Boxer during the Korean War, and was with the US Navy for 5 years. He has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 27 years! He used to love playing golf and still enjoys traveling. He loves to go to the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. Thanks for your service Virgil!
Bob Cosgrove is a Vietnam War Veteran. He served with the USAF for 20 years and did Explosive Ordnance Disposal. He has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 33 years. Bob helped restore almost every aircraft we have! We appreciate all you've done for the Museum Bob!
Bill Love has been with Hill Aerospace Museum for 32 years! He helped to restore the F-16 "Little Precious" in our Fighter Gallery and has helped restore many of our aircraft, including the Stearman Trainer. Bill served in the USAF as a Ground Launched Cruise Missile (GLCM) Ranger and fueled the helicopters that took part in Operation Honey Badger. The most valuable thing Bill says he's ever done is be a father to his daughter Kelsey. Thanks for all you've done for the Museum Bill!
Hal Unander has been with the Museum for 24 years. He grew up in Ogden. He worked in the Neon sign business and made many signs for Las Vegas businesses. He even once climbed a 485-foot smokestack to install a neon pole visible to approaching aircraft. Hal also enjoys boating, camping, fishing, and traveling. Thanks for all you do Hal!
Walt Gould grew up in Washington and served with the US Air Force as an Electronics Warfare Officer. Walt also worked as a Systems Engineer on the Minuteman III grounds systems. Walt has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 11 years. He enjoys reading suspense novels in his spare time. Thanks for your service Walt!
As a kid growing up in Ogden, Gary Thornley admired the brass instruments sold at Pantone Music Company. He learned to play the trumpet and still plays today in the Ogden Concert Band. Gary also served with the Air National Guard for nine years and flew L-19s. He has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 15 years. Thanks for all you do Gary!
Pat Gilmore came from a military family and served with the USAF for 21 years as a C-141A/B Starlifter pilot. He has been with the #HillAerospaceMuseum since 1997. Pat enjoys talking to veterans who come to the Museum to see their old aircraft. He also enjoys seeing the reaction of kids walking into the Museum for the first time. In his spare time, he enjoys traveling to Civil War battlefields. Thanks for your service Pat!
Bill Shepard was a fighter pilot for the United States Air Force. He flew the F-100, the T-38, the F-4, and the A-10. Growing up in San Diego County, he remembers lying in an alfalfa field, watching planes flying overhead and wanting to fly. Bill retired as a Colonel and also flew as a commercial pilot. He has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 16 years. Thanks for your service Bill!
Alan Cranford served in the U S military (Marines & Army) for 27 years. He belongs to the Mensa High IQ Society and is also a Safety Officer at Wahsatch Shooting Range. Alan has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 10 years. Alan also loves to read and watch movies. Thanks for your service Alan!
Tom Beck served in the both the U S Army and the U S Navy. He was a pilot in the Navy for 14 years hunting submarines. Tom also enjoyed boating, hunting, camping, and skiing. He has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 11 years. Thanks for your service Tom!
Ralph Young served with the United States Navy for 15 years as an Operations Specialist. He served on the USS Raleigh amphibious transport dock during Desert Storm. Ralph serves on the Board of Directors for the Fort Douglas Museum and has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 14 years. He also enjoys learning about maritime history. Thanks for your service Ralph!
Bill Leutzinger served with the United States Air Force for 21 years in maintenance. He worked on the F-4, RF-4, the F-16, and the F-117 (including the Nighthawk coming to the Hill Aerospace Museum). Bill has been with the Museum for 13 years and also serves on the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah Board of Directors. Bill enjoys hiking and was also a living historian for 1st Century Rome. Thanks for your service Bill!
Lynn Walker served in the United States Air Force for 20 years, and retired as a First Sergeant. He served three tours in Vietnam, including the evacuation of Saigon in 1975. He also did tours in Okinawa, Egypt, Israel, Venezuela, & Alaska. Lynn has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 4 years. You’ll often see him in the C-130 Experience. He also enjoys gardening, and tutoring elementary school children. Thanks for your service Lynn!
Floyd Landon served with the United States Air Force for 22 years and was a Crew Chief for the B-47, the B-52, and the F-16. He was also an FAA inspector. Floyd has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 7 years, and was a volunteer with the Kaysville Fire Department. He also enjoys camping and going to estate sales. Thanks for your service Floyd!
Richard Ford learned to fly when he was just 16. He went on to serve with the Air National Guard and was also an Air Traffic Controller with the FAA for 28 years. Rich also built his own RV-9A single-engine airplane. Rich has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 15 years. Thanks for your service Rich!
Kay Hargis served in the U.S. Army for 33 years in the Armored Personnel Carrier Division. He also served for 27 years in law enforcement. Kay has been an Amateur Radio (ham radio) operator since 1966 and has made contact with someone in every existing country and political entity. Kay is also a World War II history buff and loves to travel. He has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 15 years. Thanks for your service Kay!
Phil Butler joined the US Marine Corps Reserve as a radio operator/fire support coordinator for a light armored reconnaissance company. He also served during Operation Desert Storm. After serving in the USMC for 13 years, he joined the Utah Air National Guard, where he earned his commission in 2008. He currently serves as a full-time intelligence officer in the UANG. Phil enjoys researching airpower history and is an avid aircraft modeler. He has volunteered at the Hill Aerospace Museum for 8 years. Thanks for your service Phil!
Rocky Olson was an infantry soldier with the 101st Airborne Division during the Vietnam War. After the war, he earned a degree in Aerospace Engineering. He worked at Hill AFB in various positions, including training pilots on simulators. He also worked in ICBMs. Rocky has volunteered at the Hill Aerospace Museum for five years. He enjoys meeting visitors who come to the Museum and watching their faces light up when they see our aircraft for the first time. Thanks for your service Rocky!
Bruce Grover grew up in Blanding, Utah. He worked in weapons system propulsion for 35 years and was involved with the Minute Man, Genie, Peacekeeper, the C-4 and D-5, and Space Shuttle boosters at Thiokol. Bruce has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 3 years. When he is not at the Museum, he loves to spend time with family and watch documentaries about aircraft. Thanks for all you do Bruce!
Today's Volunteer Spotlight is Chris Black. Chris' father, brothers, and son served in the Air Force. Before he retired, Chris taught marketing and economics in high school and college. He first came to the Hill Aerospace Museum because his wife's uncle, a WWII veteran, needed a ride to his volunteer shift. Chris liked the Museum, and has now volunteered for 7 years. When he's not volunteering, he enjoys drawing, painting in water color, and preserving old cars. Thanks for all you do Chris!
Mike Swenson served with the US Air Force in munitions. He served in Vietnam and was also in Korea during the Pueblo buildup in 1968. He later worked at Hill Air Force Base loading munitions onto C-5s during Desert Shield, sometimes in -70 degree windchill. Mike has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 6 years. Thanks for your service Mike!
Gary Hansen is from California and served in the US Air Force for 32 years. He was a Nuclear Weapons Maintenance Technician, and also a Weapons Maintenance Superintendent. He has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for four years. He started volunteering because he loves aircraft and loves to talk to veterans. When he's not at the Museum, Gary enjoys traveling, cooking, learning war history, and collecting coins. Thanks for your service, Gary!
Steve Waters was born in California, where his mom helped build P-38 Lightnings during WWII. Steve got his degree in Computer Science, specializing in IT for storage area networks. He volunteers at the Hill Aerospace Museum to pay tribute to the service his father and stepfather gave during WWII. Steve is Crew Chief on the Museum's SR-71, F-105, F-111, and the F-117. When he is not at the Museum, he loves learning about military history and reading science fiction. Thanks for all you do Steve!
Walt Beck grew up in Oregon and served in the US Navy during the Korean War. After the navy, Walt bought a ranch in Oregon where he grew peaches, apples and cherries. Walt has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for three years and enjoys greeting people at the front desk. When he's not at the Museum, he loves reading about gardening. Thanks for your service Walt!
Paul Stone served with the United States Air Force for four years. He also worked as a civilian in ICBMs at Hill Air Force Base for 33 years. He has been with the Museum for 2.5 years, and enjoys greeting and talking to visitors. In his spare time, he enjoys square dancing, gardening, and watching old movies. Thanks for your service Paul!
Jim Sorley grew up in New Mexico. He served in the Navy as a Sonar Technician, then in the Marines as a pilot flying the OV-10 Bronco. He also worked as a commercial pilot. He volunteers at the Hill Aerospace Museum because he loves aircraft, and he loves talking to other veterans and pilots. When he’s not volunteering, he enjoys working on his antique Piper L-4 plane and driving his Russian side-car motorcycle. Thanks for your service Jim!
Forrest Jones is from California and worked as a firefighter, a police officer, and a paramedic. His father flew the C-47 and the DC-3 during WWII, and took part in Operation Varsity. Forrest also has a son in the US Marines, and a son in the National Guard. He has been with the Museum for 2 years. He volunteers because he loves the camaraderie of the other volunteers, and because he loves helping visitors have a memorable experience. When he is not volunteering, he enjoys throwing a frisbee with his dogs and visiting friends. Thanks for your service Forrest!
Dennis Barker served in the United States Air Force as an air traffic controller during the Berlin Crisis. Following his service, he was a dairy farmer, a school bus driver, and a judge in Cache Valley. He loved bringing school kids to the Hill Aerospace Museum as a bus driver and started volunteering as soon as he retired. His favorite thing about volunteering is the camaraderie between volunteers, as well as hearing their stories. When he isn't at the Museum, Dennis enjoys horses, spending time with family, and putting together his Mahindra ROXOR Jeep. Thanks for your service Dennis!
Rene Dreiling is from Kansas and served in the United States Air Force for 21 years as a Navigator Bombardier. He started volunteering at the Hill Aerospace Museum because he loves military museums and because his granddaughter, who loves aviation, encouraged him to. What he loves most about the Museum is all of the people he meets, both visitors and volunteers. When he's not volunteering, Rene loves driving his UTV, kayaking, and reading. Thanks for your service Rene!
Rick Purrington grew up in Roy, Utah and served in the United States Air Force for 20 years. He was a Crew Chief on the F-4, the F-15, the F-111, and the T-38. Rick became a volunteer at the Hill Aerospace Museum because he loves aircraft. His favorite thing about volunteering is sharing his knowledge of the Air Force. In his spare time, he enjoys flying radio-controlled airplanes and restoring his Honda 90 Trail Bikes. Thanks for your service Rick!
Bill Dohle grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and served with the United States Air Force for 27 years as an Avionics Repairman. He worked on the F-111, the F-4, the F-5, the F-15, and the F-16. Bill also worked on the Museum’s C-124 Globemaster, and started volunteering at the Museum because he enjoyed his time here so much. His favorite thing about volunteering is meeting people, especially kids. When he’s not volunteering, Bill enjoys hiking and building model airplanes. Thanks for your service Bill!