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Hill Aerospace Museum restarts Plane Talk lecture series after 3 years

By Deborah Wilber - | Jan 14, 2023

Photo supplied, Cynthia Griggs/U.S. Air Force

Visitors walk around at the Hill Aerospace Museum on Dec. 20, 2019.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — Nearly three years after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, esteemed veterans are once again coming to the Hill Aerospace Museum to participate in the Plane Talk lecture series.

The series returns Friday with retired former fighter pilot and missileer Carlos F. Rice, retired former pilot Bill Shepard and retired former intelligence officer Phil Butler.

The event is free and open to the public. It will begin with refreshments at 6 p.m. before the lectures at 7 p.m.

Rice, a former intercontinental ballistic missile launch officer, served in the military for 28 years including time as the U.S. air attache to Norway and U.S. defense attache to Ireland.

During a 20-year career with the Air Force, Shepard flew numerous aircrafts from reconnaissance planes to fighter jets, including the F-100, F-4 and A-10.

Butler is a Marine Corps veteran who served in both Operations Desert Shield and Storm after joining the Corps in 1988. He later joined the Air National Guard as an intelligence officer. Butler served in the military for 33 years before retiring in 2022.

Rice, Shepard and Butler are just the start for the revitalized Plane Talk series, discussing the importance of the U.S. military along with personal stories and a Q&A portion for attendees.


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