The Utah Wing Commemorative Air Force Museum, in Heber Valley, offers an exceptional opportunity to connect to the World War II planes flown by our “Greatest Generation”. Founded five years ago, the museum is home to some of the most famous — and infamous — workhorses in U.S. aviation history.
The museum’s restored aircraft, hangared at Heber’s Russ McDonald Field, bring to life the reality of our military capabilities and goals during the second world war. Planes, such as the AT-28 Trojan Attack Bomber and the MIG 15 jet fighter, are meticulously restored and preserved, icons of both our military strength and the continuing role of military aviation in assuring our nation’s freedom. Accompanying these planes are educational displays featuring the history of the airline industry and World War II aviation.
Winter is the time for maintenance and preparation, but summer is all about displays and rides! Aircraft, such as the 1942 Boeing-Stearman Biplane, transport spectators who want a special connection to the days when these marvels represented a victorious era of aeronautic domination.
With special events planned each summer — from air shows to reenactments — the museum also hosts touring WWII planes. This year’s featured guest is the “Sentimental Journey,” a WWII-era B-17 which will be on display, and available for rides, in June. This beauty, complete with Betty Grable artwork, has for decades seen action from nuclear weapon tests to forest fire sorties.
Other special events this summer include the annual July 4th flyover, and the Utah Mustang Roundup car/auto show on August 8th.