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South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Field review by the editors.

Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota

"South Dakota's official warbird sanctuary." Military aircraft and rockets from World War II to the near-present day are on display here. Because of their size, most are exhibited outdoors. There's General Eisenhower's WWII B-25, a B-52 Stratofortress nuclear bomber with its Vietnam War camouflage, a Titan I ICBM, a supersonic B-1B, and Nike Ajax and Minuteman missiles as well. Historical military aviation fans can geek out viewing a restored B-29, a C-47, an A-26, and an F-111A Aardvark.

South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

Another advantage of having these sometimes-giant aircraft displayed outside is that you can hang out under their massive wings if there's a downpour or if the prairie sun gets too hot. You won't be bothering anyone at this little-known museum. You may well be the only visitor.

South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Address:
2890 Davis Drive, Ellsworth AFB, SD
Directions:
I-90 exits 67 or 67A, then north to the museum. Its entrance is a right turn just before the main gate into Ellsworth Air Force Base.
Hours:
Tu-Sa 9-4. Gated after hours. (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Phone:
605-385-5189
RA Rates:
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