Day 12, Friday, July 27, 2018
Box Elder, South Dakota is home to Ellsworth Air Force Base. Ellsworth Air Force Base is home to an aviation museum called the South Dakota Air and Space Museum that is well worth a visit. It is small, but they have exhibits about the base, the history of barnstorming in the area, satellite photography and other aviation related information. They also discussed some of the local men and women who served in the Air Force here. It was all really interesting.
When I got there, they were signing people up for the 3 pm bus tour of the base, which lasted 90 minutes. Unfortunately, it was only 2:10 pm and I hadn’t planned to stay there until 4:30 pm. I was tempted though!
Most of the display planes at the base were outside; I wandered among them at my leisure and took a lot of photos. It was such a great museum, and free! The base tour is $10, which is still very reasonable. One day I’ll get back there and check it out.
As I was finishing up my wanders around the airplanes outdoors, it started to rain. Big, fat raindrops of a type we rarely get in Washington. I even needed my umbrella and made sure to get back the car in a hurry before I got soaked!