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  • Early Aviation Workshop

    This exhibit depicts the workshop of Charles Edward Taylor (1868-1956), including a replica of the first engine he built for the Wright brothers. It also contains other artwork and memorabilia of the Beginnings Era. Charlie Taylor worked as the machinist for the Wright brothers in their Wright Cycle Company in Dayton, Ohio. When they tasked him
  • Educational Programs and Services

    The Hill Aerospace Museum offers a variety of free STEM education programs for kids of all ages through field trips and outreach. Classes offered focus on STEM education tied into the Utah State core curriculum to provide another resource for teachers and parents alike.For more information, or to schedule your STEM experience, call 801-825-581 or
  • Eileen Marie Collins

    (1956-      )Col. Eileen Collins became an Air Force pilot in 1979 and served as a T-38 flight instructor until 1982. From 1983 to 1985 she was a C-141 Starlifter aircraft commander and instructor pilot. She was assistant professor of mathematics and T-41 instructor pilot at the Air Force Academy from 1986 to 1989 and graduated from the Air Force
  • Ejection Seats

    Ejection seats are one method of safely abandoning military aircraft during in-flight emergencies. Simply "crawling over the side" in the traditional manner of the early days of flight is not possible in today's modern planes. High speeds and extreme physical forces make escape from the cockpit unlikely without some kind of aircrew escape system.
  • Electronic Countermeasures Pod

    General Electric AN/ALQ-71 Electronic Countermeasures Pod The General Electric AN/ALQ-71 Electronic Countermeasures (ECM) pod was a 1-8 gigahertz noise jammer developed from the earlier QRC-160-1 jamming pod. The pod was carried on aircraft in an attacking group to blind the enemy radars guiding surface-to-air missiles, early warning radars, and
  • Elizabeth Coleman

    "Bessie" Coleman (1896-1926) In 1921 Elizabeth "Bessie" Coleman became the first African American woman to earn a pilot's license, having to travel to France for her flight training since no American flight school would accept her because of her race. Upon her return to the United States, Coleman intended to start a flying school for African
  • ERCS System

    Allied Signal Emergency Rocket Communication System In September 1961 the Strategic Air Command (SAC) began development of an Emergency Rocket Communications System (ERCS) in order to improve its ability to transmit command and control messages to its manned bomber forces during wartime emergencies. The ERCS, produced by Allied Signal Aerospace
  • Eugene Bullard

    Eugene Jacques Bullard (1894-1961) Eugene Jacques Bullard, the world's first African-American combat pilot, was one of 200 Americans who flew for France in World War I. He was born in 1894 in Columbus, Ga., the grandson of a slave. Because he heard there was no bigotry in France, Bullard sailed to Europe as a stowaway. In 1914 he enlisted in the
  • Eugene Ely

    Eugene Burton Ely (1886-1911)Eugene Burton Ely was the first pilot to fly an airplane from the deck of a ship. After the Wright brothers refused to make the attempt, on November 14, 1910, at Hampton Roads, Virginia, Ely successfully took off from a deck constructed on the cruiser USS Birmingham and landing some two miles away. Two months later, on