The Hill Aerospace Museum is free and open daily from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (except on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year's Day).

On any visit, you can get an up-close view of the aircraft. But if you want to actually climb aboard, attend the annual Food-for-Life Day.

Some 25 or so planes will be open to climb in, look in, or will be accessible in ways not usually found at the museum, museum director Scott Wirz says. Visitors can feel what it is like to sit in a cockpit or understand what it would have been like to be on a military transport plane.

This year's open house will be Saturday, Sept. 13. The suggested admission price is an item of nonperishable food (preferably canned), which will be donated to the Safe Harbor Domestic Violence Shelter.

The festivities will also include a classic car show, musical entertainment by JC Hackett and His Rock 'n' Roll Racket and by the Ogden Concert Band, prize drawings and other family fun.

There will also be a Chili Cook-off, sponsored by the Air Force Association. It costs $4 a person or $8 a family to taste the chili. All proceeds go to the HAFB Family & Airman Readiness Center's Hearts Apart Fun and other programs.

"Last year, we collected one ton of food for the shelter. This year we hope for twice that," Wirz says. "It's one way we try to give back to the community."

Safe Harbor is the only domestic violence shelter in Davis County, says Elizabeth Lewis, who works with the program. "If we did not have the support of people like those at the museum, we would not exist. These food donations keep us running." (For more information about the shelter, which helps domestic violence and rape victims, visit