One of the largest aircraft at
the South Dakota Air and Space Museum is this retired B-52 bomber
decked out as it would have looked in the late 1960s. It is one of some
30 aircraft on display in addition to numerous in-door exhibits.
Air & Space Museum
Ellsworth Air Force Base, just east of Rapid City at Box Elder, is home
to about a quarter of America's B1 Bombers. It's also home of the
rather nice Air & Space Museum, which features a nice collection of
You might have to get used to the idea
that this museum is free (although they'll accept donations). Certainly
a highlight is being able to walk right up and touch an old B36 or any
one of the other score of planes on display.
Inside you can learn about the all-but-forgotten
Stratobowl high-altitude balloon flights of the 1930's. If you wish, we
tell tell you how to get to the Stratosphere Bowl which isn't even marked
on most maps these days.
Anyhow, if military hardware fascinates
you or your kids, you might even want to take the base tour.
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