Menu

Volunteer Spotlight

Norm Nelson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

Bill Love helped to restore the F-16 "Little Precious" in our Fighter Gallery and has been with the Hill Aerospace Museum for 32 years! 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. Thanks for all you've done for the Museum Bill!

Hal Unander

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

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!

Gary Thornley

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!