Hillier Air Museum

700 Tioga Dr, Modesto, CA 95354, United States


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.

1941 Ryan PT-22

  • U.S. Army Air Corps serial number 41-15448 was purchased on Air Corps Order no. W535-ac-15566 at a cost of $9,098.00, and was finished on 18 Nov 1941, and was equipped with a Kinner R-540-1 engine , c/n 6277. It was accepted on 15 Dec 1941 and received by the Army on 17 Dec 1941.
  • It was then delivered by air to the 8th Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment at Sequoia Field, Visalia, Calif.,on 8 Jan 1942. The civilian contract flight school at Visalia was operated by the Visalia-Dinuba School of Aeronautics. It accumulated 569.4 hours by 30 Nov 1942.
  • On 8 Oct 1942, it was transferred to the 10th Army Air Forces Flying Training Detachment at Gary Field, Blythe, California. This Ryan led an uneventful life training Aviation Cadets,having never been wrecked or sent out for maintenance. It was surplused to the Reconstruction Finance Corp. on 22 Sep 1945 and sent to the surplus park at Ontario, California.

This amazing landmark is located in Modesto, California and is only a short distance away from these other amazing attractions:

  • McHenry Museum
  • Lucca Winery
  • Funworks Modesto
  • Great Valley Museum
  • Graceada Park
  • ESCAPE Modesto
  • Jacob Myers Park
  • Mavis Stouffer Park

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