The Hill Aerospace Museum at Hill AFB, Utah, must cut 18 aircraft from its collection because “the museum no longer has the manpower, funding, or means necessary to give these aircraft the care they need,” said acting museum director Aaron Clark. “Most of the aircraft slated to be cut from the museum’s collection are those that have little, if any, ties to the history of the base or the state,” Clark said. Although the reduction may be visible to some of the museum’s regular visitors, there will still be some 50 aircraft on display in addition to more than 2,000 artifacts, said Clark. “A C-47 currently on display outside the museum will remain, [however], and is scheduled for restoration because the aircraft has significant ties to the history of Hill.” (See the base release for a complete list of the aircraft, missiles, and support vehicles that will be cut.)
After a long period in which munitions were almost an afterthought and sacrificed to pay for other priorities, the Air Force needs to focus on them in order to have the right “package” of capabilities for future conflicts, Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Q. Brown Jr. said June 7.