The Hillier Air Museum is located in the vicinity of Modesto City-County Airport, Hangar 7. The museum houses classic aircraft from 1937 to 1947, and has a dedicated display featuring Second Lieutenant Walter F. Perra, a long-unidentified pilot of the Second World War, shot down across France. The museum is open to the public on the second Saturday of each month or on prior arrangement.
Hillier Air Museum, based in Modesto, California, supports science and public education through its collection of museums. Visitors to the museum can see displays in the museum, attend activities in the museum, and access educational programs in the museum. The Museum finances itself through ticket sales, sponsorship, fundraising and donations.
Two of Museum Aircrafts Featured In The Museum
1944 Beech D17S Staggerwing
- U.S. Army Air Corps serial number 44-67726 was purchased on Air Corps Order no. W535 AC-31386 and designated a UC-43/GB-2. It was equipped with a Pratt and Whitney R-985-AN-1 engine and carried a construction number of 6703.
- On 23 Feb 44 this aircraft was accepted by the U.S. Army at Beech Aircraft Corporation, Wichita, Kansas. On 04 Mar 44 it is assigned to the U.S. Army Air Corps at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, however these orders are changed and the airplane is reassigned to Fort Dix Army Air Base, New Jersey and arrives there on 06 Mar 44.
- On 13 April 44 aircraft were assigned to 8th Air Force, England. On 15 July 44 it was assigned to La Guardia Field, U.S. Army Air Force, Port of Aerial Embarkation, Long Island City, New York. However the war ended prior to shipment.
- On 25 July 46 Airplanes arrived at LaGuardia Field, New York, and is Stricken from the U.S. Army records and is turned over to the War Assets Administration for disposal as surplus. His historical record was compiled by aviation historian Kenneth D. Wilson.