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“Fascinating piece of history”

Historic Wendover Airfield
Ranked #2 of 6 things to do in Wendover
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Winnipeg, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
“Fascinating piece of history”
Reviewed July 25, 2013

For folks who simply wander over to the Wendover, Utah Airport, they will not get the sense of what is really there- the remains of a World War II airbase and the accompanying museum operated by the Historic Wendover Airfield Foundation. It is one of the few if not the only remaining era air bases that have all of its hangars intact. This is the Wendover AFB where the unit that trained for the Atomic Bomb Raids on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, worked up before departing for the Pacific.

Make sure if you are interested in the history of the base, to sign up for the "all access" tour where you will be guided by museum staff and in their own words, truly, “Walk where they Walked”. You do need to bring your camera, dress for the weather with either sunglasses, or windbreaker depending on the time of year, and good walking shoes! Drinks and sandwiches from Subway are served for lunch.
Things you can expect to see on this tour:
• Atomic bomb loading pit
• Bomb storage bunkers
• Atomic bomb assembly buildings
• Enlisted mens' mess hall
• Fire station
• Enlisted barracks
• Norden bombsight building
• Officers' mess hall
• B-29 "Enola Gay" Hanger
• JB-2 launch site
• Base hospital facilities

The small but chock-filled with items museum has interesting details about the men and equipment that made up the wartime base. Learn more about the many areas of the base that are still in existences with church, medical quarters and even swimming pool still evident in what is now a largely reclaimed area where up to 15,000 service personnel once worked and trained. The tour also touches on the many films that have been staged there including "Independence Day" and "Con Air". One of the aircraft that was used in the later film is still at the airport and provides a chance for the tour guides to use it as a backdrop to tell more about the base's film projects. A major air show is also staged at the airport and is well attended with many warbirds as well as military aircraft participating. A real gem of a historical airport- don't miss out by not finding out about the place. The Wendover Tourist Center is a good place to start and then go and be amazed.

Visited November 2012
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Clearfield, Utah
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“Extremely Interesting”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

Learned a lot about WWII history and this small airfield -- it was not that small during that time period. Trying to restore some of the important buildings of this airfield. Thoroughly enjoyed the short video, photos, and just walking around the grounds.

Visited June 2013
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Apple Valley
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“Great to see history”
Reviewed June 29, 2013

We stopped by for a few minutes while passing thru to take a look at the original barracks and some of the old hangers still there as well as the original tower and grounds. It was really great to see a part of history. There are still some restration ongoing, but great older facilities.

Visited May 2013
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Blind Bay, Canada
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“Worthwhile Place to Visit”
Reviewed December 7, 2012

The historic airport and museum at Wendover is a tiny place but a very worthwhile visit. It was the staging place for the Enola Gay and its historic flight to Hiroshima to drop the first atom bomb. The displays include a life size copy of the bomb and descriptions of the flight. During WWII over 20,000 personnel lived here and you can see the remains and footings of some of the buildings. The little museum has many facts about the war and the role that Wendover played. Not a lot of stuff to do in Wendover except gamble, so take the time to catch a free shuttle from one of the hotels.

Visited October 2012
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West Wendover, Nevada USA
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“Wendover Airfield”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

I love how they rebuilt the main terminal, but kept it in the architectural style of the 1940's. There's also a very cute and most convenient little store inside, so if you're parched or feeling peckish, you can satiate your appetite right there!

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