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While we were in Rapid City, we knew we needed to stop by the South Dakota Air & Space Museum. It’s located outside of the main gate of Ellsworth Air Force Base, just northeast of Rapid City. This was another impromptu stop on our trip, and one we enjoyed as well! Admission to the museum is free, which was an added bonus!
To be totally honest, even though Andy is in the military, neither of us know a ton about our Air Force counterparts. This museum was so informative about the Air Force and their mission in keeping America safe. It felt a little bit like going to “Space Camp” (sadly, neither one of us got to go to Space Camp when we were kids!)
Our favorite exhibit was the outdoor displays of over 30 different aircraft that the Air Force uses! I can’t even begin to describe which aircraft is which and what each one does, so I won’t even try 😉
They also offer tours of Ellsworth AFB and the Minutemen Missile Silos, which do cost. (Due to security requirements to get on base, you have to be a US citizen/resident alien for the tours.) Sadly, we didn’t get to do the Minutemen Missile Silo tour, but thanks to having military IDs of our own, we were able to do our own driving tour of Ellsworth AFB. (And stop by the Base Exchange, because I miss living on-base!)
Have you ever visited the South Dakota Air & Space Museum?