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Lt Walter Harvey & Lt Nate MazerLt Walter Harvey & Lt Nate Mazer
Lt Walter Harvey & Lt Nate Mazer

Only two aircraft in the entire Eighth Air Force were ever named after individuals and both of them were in the 384th Bomb Group. Lieutenant Walter Harvey (left) was known as "Big Dog" and B-17 42-102661 SU-L was named in his honor after he was shot down. Lieutenant Nathan "Mike" Mazer (right) was a squadron armaments officer, but went on many combat missions unofficially. As he was Jewish, B-17 42-98000 SU-J was named "Fightin' Hebe" as a tribute to his spirit.
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Posted: 1/17/2007

B-17 WendoverB-17 Wendover
B-17 Wendover

The 384th Bombardment Group (Heavy) was "activated" (brought into existence by the assignment of personnel) on 1 December 1942 at Gowen Field, Idaho. Comprised of the 544th, 545th, 546th, and 547th Bombardment Squadrons, the 384th was assigned to Wendover Field, Utah, on 2 January 1943 to begin training in B-17s for combat in the European Theatre of Operations.
B-17 Wendover


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Enola GayEnola Gay
Enola Gay

More training and practice flights were flown from the island over the next few months, then on 6 August 1945 a B-29 Superfortress from the 509th Composite Group, the "Enola Gay," piloted by Group Commander Tibbets, dropped the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan.
Enola Gay


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Colonel TibbetsColonel Tibbets
Colonel Tibbets

The Commander of the Group was then-Colonel Paul W. Tibbets, Jr., and it was to operate only one squadron, the 393rd Bombardment Squadron (Very Heavy), commanded by Major Charles W. Sweeney.
Colonel Tibbets


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B-29 BWB-29 BW
B-29 BW

On 17 December 1944 the Army Air Forces established the 509th Composite Group at Wendover Field, Utah, and it immediately began training in fifteen specially-modified Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers for "special weapons" delivery.
B-29 BW


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Provo's First Air ShowProvo's First Air Show
Provo's First Air Show

During the April 1911 Air Meet in Salt Lake City, community leaders in Provo decided they should make an effort to have an aerial exhibition while the aviators were nearby. It was announced in the Provo Herald on April 11th that J. E. Rickards, Publicity Agent of the Curtiss Aeroplane Company, had reached an agreement with Provo officials. Promoters F. Ghmond and Dore Schwab of Provo had contracted Charles Willard to fly Saturday and Sunday, the 15th and 16th of April, at the County Fairgrounds race track south of the depot.
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Bleriot MonoplaneBleriot Monoplane
Bleriot Monoplane

Louis had taken off in his Bleriot monoplane head-on into the path of an aircraft flown by Leon de la Grange, and Paulhan was forced to dive toward the ground to avoid a collision. Louis was too low, however, and his wingtip struck the earth causing the aircraft to cartwheel in a crack-up that ejected the "King of the Air": from his perch. Louis was thrown clear of the wreckage and walked away with only a gashed nose and a bruised ego. La Grange, lucky in this incident, was killed five months later when a wing detached from his aircraft inflight.
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Paul MartiniPaul Martini
Paul Martini

This paper was written in 1997 by aviation enthusiast Anthony Paul Martini of Salt Lake City. At the time, Mr. Martini was an air traffic controller at the Salt Lake Air Route Traffic Control Center at Salt Lake International Airport. He donated this work to the Aerospace Heritage Foundation of Utah for the benefit and enjoyment of visitors to Hill Aerospace Museum.
Paul Martini


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Posted: 1/16/2007

Sopwith CamelSopwith Camel
Sopwith Camel

On Oct. 10th, the eventual winner of the Air Race, Lt. “Parson” Maynard landed at Salt Lake City. The Baptist minister-turned-aviator, along with his traveling companion “Trixie” the German shepherd, told the crowd that the worst part of the trip was between Rawlins, Wyoming and Buena Vista field, where it was “extremely cold over the mountains.” The “parson” had red eyes from the wind and cold and was almost deaf from the Liberty engine. Mechanics at Buena Vista field had to shout their questions to the pilots on the ground. Maynard had been an Army aviator in France, and held the world looping record, with 318 consecutive loops in 66 minutes performed in a Sopwith Camel.
Sopwith Camel


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German FokkerGerman Fokker
German Fokker

On April 9th, 1919, the Rockwell Field Aerial Flying Circus left San Diego with 18 airplanes loaded in nine railroad cars on its way across the West to raise money for the Liberty Loan program of the government. The Flying Circus consisted of six of America’s most famous pursuit pilots, three British “Aces” with over 100 German “kills” between them, and some of the top aviators of France. Aircraft flown by the Circus included five German Fokkers, four French Spads, four British S.E.5s, and five Curtiss JN-4H planes.
German Fokker


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Silas ChristoffersonSilas Christofferson
Silas Christofferson

The following year, 1913, again brought a nationally known aviator to Salt Lake City. In August, Salt Lake City was celebrating its annual “Wizard of the Wasatch Festival”, a carnival and parade of progress, and hired the owner of the Christofferson Aviation Company in San Francisco to perform. Silas Christofferson was a leading California aviator, designing and manufacturing his own planes and teaching aviators in “the science of aerial navigation”. On June 11, 1912, Silas had flown the roof of the Multnomah Hotel in Portland, Oregon, across the Columbia River to Vancouver, Washington. He and his brother Harry came to Salt Lake City to open the Wizard of the Wasatch Festival on August 29, 1913.
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Walter BrookinsWalter Brookins
Walter Brookins

Representing the Wright brothers were Walter Brookins and Phil Parmalee, while the Curtiss Company sent Eugene Ely and Charles Willard. Brookins was a chief pilot of the Wright brothers, and Parmalee was recently known for his demonstrations of military aviation capabilities
Walter Brookins


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Charles WalshCharles Walsh
Charles Walsh

Ogden greatly desired an aerial event that would bring them into the aviation business arena, and Dr. H. M. Rowe of the Four-State Fair Association was assigned the task of acquiring such an event. Contacting the Curtiss Aeroplane Company, Dr. Rowe negotiated the services of aviator Charles F. Walsh to appear at the Fair. Walsh had been performing at County and State Fairs in the East, sort of a “flying advertisement” for the Curtiss Company.
Charles Walsh


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Phil ParmaleePhil Parmalee
Phil Parmalee

Representing the Wright brothers were Walter Brookins and Phil Parmalee, while the Curtiss Company sent Eugene Ely and Charles Willard. Brookins was a chief pilot of the Wright brothers, and Parmalee was recently known for his demonstrations of military aviation capabilities
Phil Parmalee


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Clarence WalkerClarence Walker
Clarence Walker

Many Utah men yearned to fly the real airships, while others turned their interests toward invention of their own flying machines. One of these inspired young Salt Lake men was Clarence H. Walker, the first Utahn to become a professional aviator.
Clarence Walker


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King of the AirKing of the Air
King of the Air

Louis Paulhan, King of the Air, Louis Paulhan was literally "on top of the world". At the Los Angeles Air Meet he had shattered the world altitude record by soaring to 4,165 feet above sea level, surpassing his own prior world record of about 1900 feet, established the previous month in Europe. Paulhan had sailed higher than any man on earth in a "heavier-than-air machine", and was awarded $10,000 in prize money and the title "King of the Air" for his efforts.
King of the Air


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30mm Rotary Cannon30mm Rotary Cannon
30mm Rotary Cannon

General Electric GAU-8/A "Avenger" 30mm Rotary Cannon
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Posted: 1/16/2007

ChoctawChoctaw
Choctaw

Sikorsky HH-34J "Choctaw" S/N 148943
Choctaw


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Posted: 1/9/2007

Jolly Green GiantJolly Green Giant
Jolly Green Giant

Sikorsky CH-3E "Jolly Green Giant" S/N 65-12790
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Posted: 1/9/2007

F-107 Turofan EngineF-107 Turofan Engine
F-107 Turofan Engine

Williams International F107-WR-101 Turbofan Engine
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Posted: 1/9/2007

GBU-12 PavewayGBU-12 Paveway
GBU-12 Paveway

Texas Instruments GBU-12 "Paveway II" Guided Bomb
GBU-12 Paveway


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Posted: 1/9/2007

Bolt-117Bolt-117
Bolt-117

Texas Instruments BOLT-117 Laser Guided Bomb
Bolt-117


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ShrikeShrike
Shrike

Texas Instruments AGM-45 "Shrike" Anti-Radiation Missile
Shrike


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Posted: 1/9/2007

FirebeeFirebee
Firebee

Teledyne Ryan AQM-34L Firebee Reconnaissance Drone
Firebee


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Posted: 1/9/2007

    

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