This museum is located at the edge of the South Big Horn County Airport, which was formerly the base of operations of Hawkins & Powers Aviation. This company pioneered the use of heavy WWII era aircraft as aerial tankers for use in fighting wildfires. The airport was the busy operations center for this company which contracted with the US Forest Service to fight fires across the western US starting in the 1970's.
|C-130A Dropping Fire Retardant|
There were a few planes left behind, and the museum was founded and staffed first by former Hawkins & Perkins employees and later by the Greybull Area Chamber of Commerce.
|Flying Boxcar with Added Jet Engine|
|Rotted Fabric on Tail|
|Huge Radial Engines|
Beyond the museum fence is an aircraft boneyard where another twenty or so planes are sitting in various states of disrepair and disassembly. I guess this is the sort of place that you come if you need a hard-to-find part for your obsolete airplane. Kind of sad to see, but I suppose old planes have to sit somewhere.
|Aircraft Boneyard in the Distance|