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“A Must for any Aircraft Enthusiast Visiting Western South Dakota”

South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Ranked #6 of 67 things to do in Rapid City
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Aircraft that have been flown throughout the eras are on display at South Dakota's premiere free aviation museum! The museum has two major static display venues: First, a outdoor air park filled with WWII, Korea, Vietnam, Cold War, and present day aircraft lets you get close to & touch history. This includes the currently flown B-1B Lancer. Secondly, four historical hangars showcase military history & technology,space tech & EROS, SD aviation, and EAFB local military history in a fresh and immersive walk-through. Mid-May through Mid-September bus tours of nearby Ellsworth AFB and the Minuteman II missile training silo are offered at a nominal fee. You will be able to go inside the silo and on base for a 50 minute guided tour of the only MMII silo open to the public. Make sure you bring your ID or Passport (Non-US) to enjoy the tour!
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
Alexandria, Virginia
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110 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 191 helpful votes
“A Must for any Aircraft Enthusiast Visiting Western South Dakota”
Reviewed December 26, 2012

Though not as large as other mueums I've visited, the South Dakota Air & Space Museum has a nice selection of historical aircraft including the B-25J used by General Dwight Eisenhower as a personal transport during WWII. Located at the entrance to Ellsworth Air Force Base, the museum offers a tour of Ellsworth and its sole remaining missile silo. Ellsworth is the home of the B-1 and the 28th Bomber Wing. I had the pleasure of witnessing the take-off of a B-1, a sleek, variable-sweep wing, supersonic bomber, during my tour of the base in September, 2012. It was an impressive sight. Our tour guide, a retired airman, was very knowledgeable and offered a detailed account of the capabilities of the Minuteman missile when we were inside the silo, now used for training only.

Visited September 2012
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Minot, North Dakota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
“Very interesting for all ages”
Reviewed December 20, 2012

We have visited this museum almost every other times to the Rapid City area, and it is always a treat. The museum is free (while some tours require payment), and there is enough to keep little ones, teens, and adults entertained for several hours. It is a good place to go any time of the year, and has interesting history for all to enjoy. Allow at least an hour for inside and outside exhibits.

Visited November 2012
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rapid city, sd
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“Fun Free Museum”
Reviewed October 31, 2012

Check out all the military planes on display, then head into the small museum and look at the displays. During the summer, you can take a bus tour of the base for a small fee.

Visited June 2012
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Maryland
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“Don't forget to go inside the museum”
Reviewed October 29, 2012

We arrived on what must have been the windiest day ever! It was so cold and blustery. After freezing ourselves silly we wandered over to the door and surprise... it's a whole other museum and gift shop inside. Great exhibits.

Visited October 2012
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Minnesota
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“Great Planes!!!!”
Reviewed October 28, 2012

They have the coolest big planes!!!! B-1 & B-52 bombers... Wow

It's free and you can see everything in about an hour. Great stop.

Visited October 2012
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