CLIMATE: Hot summer, Cold Winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Any
Wendover is south of the Wendover Boulevard, which is the main thoroughfair through Wendover Utah and West Wendover, Nevada. The 'Jailbird' C-123 cargo
plane from the movie 'Con-Air' is sitting on the tarmac and is available for visitors to view. The runway is fenced off, but the barracks and other buildings are available for viewing by visiting the museum by the red and white control tower.
REMAINS: Hanger, Bunker, Mines, Church, Military Housing, Planes
Wendover, Utah was the location of Wendover Air Base starting in 1940. The military acquired almost 3.5 million acres for a bombing and gunnery range. B-17, B-24 and finally the atomic mission B-29 aircraft trained at Wendover Air Base. There were 17,000 military and 2,500 civilians at its peak in 1943/44.
The base was used infrequently as a training site for military aircraft and national guard units until 1977 when it was turned over to Wendover City. The city turned the airfield over to Tooele County in 1998 and it has been undergoing a renovation which started in about 2002.
Travelers can visit a museum and take a driving tour around some of the old buildings, but it is still an active airfield so excursions onto the runways are not allowed. Tours can be arranged through the airfield office.
Submitted by James S. Petersen