Historic Wendover Airfield

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Historic Wendover Airfield
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11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Historic Wendover Airfield is dedicated to preserving World War II Army Air Force history, educating present and future generations about this period and having visitors experience the feelings and understand the circumstances of the WW II era participants. The Airfield strives to maintain the maximum originality of the Wendover Air Base and re-create authentic exhibits and displays in order to stimulate a living connection between the visitor and the past. The museum has a collection of period artifacts and photographs and maintains original buildings and features a full scale replica of the "Little Boy" atomic bomb.
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R T
Tooele, UT505 contributions
Jan 2020
I have periodically visited Wendover/West Wendover over the past 25 years and witnessed the growth and numerous changes along the way. Recently, I took a step back in time to experience the Wendover Historic Airfield and Museum to get a flavor of what life was like for the nearly 20,000 service personnel and civilians who worked and trained on this outpost on the Utah-Nevada border. The museum is situated in two separate buildings, one of which was a former officer’s club, with a variety of vintage displays and photographs. Of particular interest were photographs of the air base and buildings against the very familiar topography of the Wendover landscape. A short video presentation illustrates the history of the airfield, allowing visitors a deeper look into the life and times of those who served there. The nearby “Enola Gay” hangar is still under renovation and not currently open to the public. Anyone who has even a minimal interest in U.S. history will find this museum informative and educational. The museum is less than a mile south of the Wendover Nugget Hotel and Casino. Admission is free but donations are appreciated.
Written February 3, 2020
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Thank you for stopping in - we appreciate your review. The museum has come a long way and we strive to provide a fun, educational window into the important contributions of Wendover during the tumultuous era of World War II. We hope you will stop in again to check out our progress!
Written February 4, 2020
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Wanda H
Mascoutah, IL220 contributions
Oct 2020
They have done such an outstanding job, putting together the exhibits. Just the right amount of information, without being overwhelming. TONS of very interesting history here. They ask for $5 per person, but deserve more. GO SEE THIS PLACE!!!
Written October 15, 2020
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Steven W
Sacramento, CA1,244 contributions
Feb 2020
We made this a stop while traveling I-80. It's a very interesting location, with significant WWII historical background. A short video describes the airfield and the major role it played. The museum is interesting, with several informative displays. You can also go inside a decommissioned C-123 aircraft just outside the museum. There is an additional, smaller set of exhibits in the flight office next to the control tower. You can climb the control tower, but can't go inside. However you can look through the windows to see some of the old equipment and the view of the airfield from there is very nice. Definitely worth a stop to check this place out.
Written March 3, 2020
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pers0nalview
Joseph, OR1,228 contributions
Feb 2020
It is a reminder of days past when everything was booming. It is quite a base and it is neat to see the plane. The museum is right there. Unless you just want to gamble, this is something to take a few minutes to see.
Written February 14, 2020
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Robert Z
Redondo Beach, CA17 contributions
Jan 2014 • Couples
I'd heard from folks over time that the Wendover Airfield was worth a quick visit if passing through the area on I-80. After having visited the site, I'd say it warrants much more attention that that. Driving onto the historic airfield you are mentally transported back into life as it existed in WWII. Although there is a ghost town feel to parts of the former base, it's easy to image life here when it bristled with 20,000 men and women training during the war. Many of the original buildings are intact and some are under restoration. There is a small museum that serves at the starting point just at the base of the original control tower - a fun climb to boot! A small map - $2 donation - will set you on a nice self-guided tour. For me, it was a surprising discovery to find the 509th Composite Group trained here in B-29s immediately prior to Hiroshima. In fact, the "Enola Gay Hangar" is currently undergoing a significant restoration. Everyone we met was friendly and welcoming. They are clearly dedicated to maintaining a real historic treasure on what is sadly a shoe-string budget.
Written January 26, 2014
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TravelFan34602
Brooksville, FL174 contributions
Oct 2019
We were able to climb the control tower--not go inside, but circle the top and view the airfield.. The Officers' Club is a museum with a short film. The crew of the Enola Gay was one of many who trained here. The "Enola Gay" hangar is being restored. Tours are available for a fee. Self-guided visits are welcome. Gift shop. Many original, if dilapidated, buildings. If you are a history or military buff, this is for you! We enjoyed the portable runway lights (for extemporaneous grass landing fields), photo of the bridal gown made from the parachute that saved the grooms life, "bomb" for dropping leaflets, history of the Hiroshima bombing..so many things!
Written October 5, 2019
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Michael S
Prescott, AZ47 contributions
Sep 2018 • Solo
Every corner is full of memories of World War Two that is brought alive. The restoration work done by the volunteer staff is second to none. The every other year air show is a must see and the living history crew is the best.
Written February 14, 2019
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sweetatr
Maybell, CO285 contributions
Nov 2017 • Couples
Until we visited this airfield, we did not realize so much history in this area regarding the war. It was fun to drive around and read all of the historical signage to give us a better understanding of what happened here.
Written November 21, 2017
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PatrickRoney
Denver, CO66 contributions
Sep 2016 • Couples
We were flying in a twin engine and landed at Wendover Airfield (on our way from Denver to Mount Shasta in California) for fuel and a bathroom stop. I was unaware of the history of this place. It was an Army Air Corps base in WWII with over 18,000 personnel (and more recently part of the movie "Independence Day" was filmed here). There is a small museum and was quite surprised to discover a full sized replica of Little Boy, one of two nuclear bombs dropped on Japan to end WWII.

From the Intermountain Guide Nevada: "Anyone interested in history will enjoy this tour. Come visit our country’s most complete remaining World War II Army Air Corps base. During World War II Wendover airfield served as a primary training site for 21 heavy bombardment groups of B-24 and B-17 aircraft. In 1944, the 509th composite group comprised of the famous B-29 crews of the Enola Gay and Bocks Car completed their land based training at the Wendover airfield."

It's a quiet place, lovingly maintained, with the energy of a ghost town. One can climb the tower and walk through an old aircraft.
Written September 20, 2016
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Donna J
Salt Lake City, UT51 contributions
Mar 2016 • Friends
The Historic Wendover Airfield is worth the 2 hour drive from Salt Lake City IF you discard preconceived notions of a museum. While the museum's memorabilia, including a replica of the "Little Boy" bomb dropped on Hiroshima, reminds me of many small town collections of local historical artifacts, the airfield's significance in US World War II history is monumental.The Enola Gay aircraft (at the Smithsonian), Colonel Paul Tibbets, the installation, which once was home to 20,000 military staff, are the ghosts residing at the Wendover Airfield. How sad many of the buildings are brittle from the desert air and lack of maintenance. With restoration of just one of each type of building (chapel, officers' club, barracks, mess hall, etc.), the Historic Wendover Airfield would honor the ingenuity of the scientists and the dedication of the US military personnel contributing to the winning of the war. And visitors would have a palpable view and better understanding of that period in US history.
Written March 2, 2016
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  • Mon - Fri 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM
  • Sat - Sat 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM


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