Hill fighter wings host fifth-gen summit

Two U.S. Air Force F-35s fly over Hill Air Force Base, Utah, and the surrounding area Feb. 14.

HILL AIR FORCE BASE — The entirety of Hill Air Force Base’s little-known, but long-running newspaper is now available with the click of a mouse.

University of Utah’s J. Willard Marriott Library’s Digital Library Services Department has digitized more than 61,000 pages of the Hilltop Times, covering the period from 1943 to 2006. 

According to a U of U news release, the collection is available at digitalnewspapers.org. Hilltop Times articles beyond 2006 can be found at hilltoptimes.com.

Hill was founded shortly before the U.S. entered World War II, and the base served an important role during the war.

According to the release, the bombers that defeated the Axis Powers — the B-29, B-25, B-24 and B-17 — were repaired, modified and maintained at Hill.

The captain of the Enola Gay prepared for his mission at Wendover Air Base, with the assistance of Hill.

The first issue of the official base newspaper, published on Jan. 1, 1943, says, “We exist to win the war and everything is subordinated to this dominant purpose.”

The base’s contributions continued well after the Second World War.

All Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles in the Air Force’s arsenal have been built there. The base was also the first to fly F-16 and F-35 fighter jets. The base’s west desert Utah Test and Training Range encompasses the largest block of contiguous overland, special-use airspace in the continental U.S.

Tina Kirkham, Marriott Library’s digital library project manager, said the entire collection of the Hilltop Times has been carefully preserved in hard copy form on base.

“Every page of every issue is available in the base's archive,” Kirkham said. 

With its publication to the Utah Digital Newspaper website, the full text of every issue is keyword-searchable, allowing the public to use a Google-like search to uncover thousands of articles that mention a person, place or topic. 

For more information about the Utah Digital Newspapers program and online access to the Hilltop Times, contact Kirkham at tina.kirkham@utah.edu.

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