The Hill Aerospace Museum welcomes return of Plane Talk lecture series

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The Plane Talk lecture series featuring engaging and informative guest speakers returns to the Hill Aerospace Museum Jan. 20 after an almost three year-hiatus. The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. with the event starting at 7 p.m.

The first event will feature three esteemed veterans sharing their exciting stories and answering your questions: Former missileer Colonel (Ret.) Carlos F. Rice, former pilot Lt. Col. (Ret.) Bill Shepard, and former intelligence officer Major (Ret.) Phil Butler.

Rice is a former intercontinental ballistic missile launch officer with 28 years of active service. During his service time, Rice filled the role of United States Air Attaché to Norway and United States Defense Attaché to Iceland.

Shepard began his career in the United States Air Force in 1968. Across his 20-year career, he flew a variety of various aircraft ranging from reconnaissance planes to fighter jets all around the globe, including the F-100, F-4, and A-10.

Butler served in the military for 33 years. Beginning in 1988 with the Marine Corps, Phil served in both Operations Desert Shield and Storm. After his time in the Marines, Phil joined the Air National Guard where he flew as an Intelligence Officer until his retirement in 2022.

The Plane Talk series will be recurring regularly, with a wide-range of guest speakers discussing the importance and excitement of the United States military.  

The museum is located just north of Hill Air Force Base at 7961 Cottonwood Street in Roy, Utah.  For more information about the museum, visit