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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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Address: Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City, SD
Phone Number: 605-385-5189
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8:30 am - 4:30 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Description: Museum that displays antique aircraft including planes used in World War...
Museum that displays antique aircraft including planes used in World War II and hot air balloons from the 1930's.
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This is a must see and experience and free You wont want to miss this one. The displays were Great and you actually get to set in a simulator. You can also try your hand at flying... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 14, 2015
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015

This is a must see and experience and free You wont want to miss this one. The displays were Great and you actually get to set in a simulator. You can also try your hand at flying and landing on a set up they have there. plus a gift shop. Great time there.

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Kingston, Tennessee
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21 reviews 21 reviews
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Lots of planes and plenty of displays to view. Lots of history. Perfect for a rainy day outing. Easy to get to.

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

If you are into military history and airplanes, this is a "must see" opportunity. My father-in-law flew a C-47 in WW II and one is on display. Interesting to match the real plane with his stories. The B1 and B 52 planes are really great to see up close. Without a doubt this is for young and old alike. A... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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44 reviews 44 reviews
24 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

Not many places offer the opportunity to visit a museum linked with an air base in America that features real airplanes on display. The history of the Air Force is very interesting and very well done.

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Somerset, Wisconsin
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27 reviews 27 reviews
5 attraction reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This is an attraction that shows many of our countries legacy helicopter, jets, prop, and the mamoth B1 bomber all stationed outside. The inside display has a flight simulator game and a cockpit kids are welcome to go in. There is also a B1 Bomber cockpit and control station. My 3 and 6 year old loved it while I read... More 

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We stopped here on our way home from Rapid City. We have been to several air and space museums and this one was really good. It is so cool to walk right up to the aircraft outside. Inside there is a cockpit that you can sit in. That was my son's favorite part! Definitely a great place for families!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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23 reviews 23 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 5, 2015

Lots of aircraft and the chance to walk right up to them. I never imagined that I would have the chance to walk under the 8 engines of a B-52. A great exhibit.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

We park and there it is: the powerful Black Bird is facing us, the view is overwhelming. It's exciting, building enthusiasm and pride. All those feelings just grow as we walk through the premises: exhibits are well documented, I'm not exactly sure about their organization, but they are interesting and educational. And they make you feel proud to be American.... More 

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Rapid City
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Great place to visit with family and friends cheap and very knowledgeable! Must see when visiting eafb!

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Sidney, Nebraska
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Went with my wife, our five year old and our three year old - we all loved it and ended up spending much more time than originally anticipated. The size of some of those planes are mind boggling. The indoor area has a lot of fun interactive things that the kids loved plus a nice souvenir shop.

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