Sunday, September 19, 2010

Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota's Air and Space Museum

Just outside the main gate of Ellsworth AFB is Ellsworth's Air and Space Museum.

Alan always enjoys looking at the various airplanes on display -- of course, always searching for the ones he's most familiar with -- like the F-111.

The F-111 is the aircraft Alan worked on when we were stationed at Cannon AFB, New Mexico -- the ones I've talked about rattling the courtroom windows when they took  F-111 was a fighter-bomber developed by General Dynamics in the 1960s.  The F-111 pioneered several technologies for military aircraft -- such as variable-sweep wings, afterburning turbofan engines and automated terrain-following radar for low-level, high-speed flight.  The aircraft was officially retired in 1998.

 B-1 Bomber, currently stationed at Ellsworth AFB, SD
The B-1 bomber is the backbone of America's long-range bomber, providing massive and rapid delivery of precision and non-precision weapons against any potential adversary anywhere around the globe on short notice.

B-52 Bomber
The B-52 bomber has played a major role in the U.S. Air Force for over 40 years and is capable of launching the widest array of weapons in the U.S. inventory.

B-29 Bomber
Named "Legal Eagle II"
The B-29 bomber was a four-engine, propeller-driven bomber flown primarily by the United States in World War II and the Korean War.

Alan remembered having to dress like this during exercises.

And MREs (Meals Ready to Eat)

Replica of a Missile Silo

First weapon released from a B-1B operational unit

B-83 (MK-83) is the most modern nuclear bomb in the U.S. arsenal

Alan wondered where they found his old

The blue fatigue uniform was only authorized to be worn by missile crew launch officers and the U.S. Air Force Thunderbird Demonstration team aircraft maintainers. 

One final pic

We enjoyed our tour of Ellsworth's own Air and Space Museum.  We appreciate all the men and women who have served and are currently serving in our Armed Forces and the sacrifices they and their families make every day.   May we never forget those who have made the ultimate sacrifice and may God bless the family members left behind.

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