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From lawnmowers to snowmobiles photos by Gary Boyle Steve Penhorwood takes one of the centers ATVs for a parking lot ride. Outdoor Recreation has skis of all sizes for all types of slope styles and the center will still have boats available throughout the winter. by Gary Boyle Hilltop Times staff If you are new to the base or havent been outside in awhile, you may be surprised to find that Utah has some of the most spectacular scenery anywhere and the great part is its all The Hill AFB Outdoor Recreation center has everything you could possibly need to explore the great outdoors and guided tours that add finesse to the wilderness. We have 50 trips planned so far. We try to make them on the weekend so the whole family can go, Chris Breck, who is the guide on all the tours right now, said. There is nothing we cant do on a trip within reason. We cant go to the Sahara but we can go to Arizona. Special trips for specific groups can be molded to the clients needs, accorduser-friendl- y. ing to Breck; all depending on how many people want to go. Currently the center is planning a trip to Green River for the bases Boy Scout troop. Scheduled trips over the next three months include an overnight mountain bike adventure in Moab, a weekend at Lake Powell and day trips to Lava Hot Springs, dinosaur exploring in Vernal and tubing in Logan Canyon. Campsite cookouts are supplied, thanks to Brecks Dutch oven cooking. We like it if people call a couple of weeks in advance so we can get everything together and ready, said Becky Anthony, who handles equipment checkout Some people will call on the last day and ask to sign up, Breck said with a shrug. A person coming back from TDY after a month and finds out about a trip to go on, we can accommodate that. The centers accessories are available to all base personnel, military and civilian. This includes ski and snowboard tuning by one of the states best ski mechanics, Steve Penhorwood. People should get their skis tuned every seven to eight ski days. The snow conditions really matter, Penhorwood said. Tuning normally costs $25 but for November the center will tune up skis for $10 off the normal cost. Skis are after usualy ready for pick up 24-hou- rs drop off on weekdays, according to Pen- horwood. Tuned skis and snowboards go down the hill faster and better. The process involves putting the blades to a stone grinder, repairing any dings and fin ishing off with a hot wax coating. Those who want to wing it on their own can get anything they could possibly need for an outdoor adventure to a backyard barbecue. Even lawnmowers and weed whackers are available for rent, for those who want to clean up their portion of the Wild West. The center has cabins, trailers, tent and RV sites available for rent at Carter Creek, two hours from base in the glorious Uinta Mountains. Plus the center has air mattresses and cots so you wont have to lie on the cold hard ground. ' Patrons are advised to make reservations for accessories for holidays at least 30 days in advance because of the volume of requests. The center is currently open Monday through Saturday but will be open seven days a week once the ski slopes open. So whether you want to take a snowmobile to the mountains, fishing with a 16 foot motorized boat or you just need a thermos for a hike you can get it all and more from the Outdoor Recreation center here at Hill. For more information on reservations and equipment listings and prices call Outdoor Recreation at ext. or 524. in visit them or Bldg. 25 y by Gary Boyle Hilltop Times A-1- staff Once due to be phased out, the A-1-0 Thunderbolt con- tinues to be an essential part of the Air Force fleet. And thanks to and the entire JJ the efforts of the HOG-U- P P Tiger team Ogden ALC team, the Warthog will con those foolish enough to test tinue to wreak havoc on its abilities. Its an excellent airplane and packs quite a wallop, sa'd Capt. Dave Clayton, who heads effort to refurbish the aging aircraft. Basically were doubling the; life of the It started out in the mid to late 1970s.and here we are in 2000. We need to get another 20 to 30 4 years out of the aircraft. : have already Designed to last 4,000 hours, most s flown between Air Force wants hours and the to keep the Warthogs flying until around 2025. In order is the plane needs to be upgraded. Clayton along with reservist Master Sgt. Bill Reitzel is assigned to the Tenters Technical Repair Division in the Aircraft Directorate. They have assumed the mantle of refurbishing the wings as part of a joint effort between the Aircraft Directorate and the Mature and Proven Aircraft P Davis-Montha- A-1- 0. A-lO- 6,000-8,00- 0 A-l- Directorate. Dill came here in June and basically brought this place to fully functioning assisting original HOG-U- P and Mike UP no stoppage in operations because of parts shortage. Theyve reduced the scheduled delivery of the first 0 wing by 30 days. This refurbishment is what were doing until we get our stuff together for the HOG-Uoperation, which is a lot more intense and more work, Reitzel said. Refurbishment is the first of a three-phas- e program and should take until fiscal year 2002, at which time the team will be ready to commence HOG-Uproduction in phase three. Refurbishment is a program to bring wings out of the Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Center at n AFB in Arizona, bring the wings up here to Hill and have us bring them to current year configurations, Clayton said. Concurrent with the refurbishment phase, the team will also build two HOG-Uprototype wings for testthe ing by Northrop Grumman, planes manufacturer. The prototype wings are the second phase of the HOG-Uprogram. The test profile is scheduled for three years during which 10 years of wear and tear will be simulated. The bulk of the work for the HOG-Umodification, in phase three, is adding a series of stainless steel straps into the center portion of the planes wing, the internal structure of the wing, Clayton said. The way it works is an airplane would fly into LAO Bldg. 225. They would take the wing off the 0 get the refurbished wing from supply and hang the wing on the aircraft operation starting from scratch, team members Andy Humphrey Moonendayton' sai(TI came in as a career broadening officer later on to compliment Bills 3,X rZ tit 7 iS naapojoEjs'urhne teum !V9Cp,r8 iJ ll Ahvorker prepares an the AiFForces preliminary AulQi-win- Hog-U- j Jpr photo by Gary Bpyle refurbishment as part of program, efforts and gain insight into hov the depot system works. Our job is to do the initial planning and provisioning and remove obsta(des sd 'LAR can isupport our customers needs 'throughout the fife of the program. 'Were pulling in the same direction and were getting this thing done, Reitzel said.; saved $175,000 by Clayton and Reitzel have already and control docu- -' work completing the bill of material ment with organic manpower. With the initial operation behind schedule and ordered them w,th actions, identified missmg pa, ts P P P A-1- new and improved.