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Global Statistics

All countries
240,188,856
Confirmed
Updated on 14/10/2021 6:43 pm
All countries
215,765,598
Recovered
Updated on 14/10/2021 6:43 pm
All countries
4,893,161
Deaths
Updated on 14/10/2021 6:43 pm

Check out the bombers and fighters at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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South Dakota Air and Space Museum

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Welcome

The B-1B Lancer was the second attempt at an aircraft with this general design. The first, the B-1A, was a high-altitude bomber capable of Mach 2.2; only four were built. One is in Wings over the Rockies in Denver, which I have also toured.

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Still in heaven

The B variant, which still flies today, has a top speed of Mach 1.25. It has a subsonic cruising speed of Mach 0.96, or around 700 mph.

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cabin

Inside the museum, you can see a model of a B-1B cabin.

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Texas raider

This particular B-1B was stationed in Texas for most of its life. That earned him the nickname “Texas Raider.”

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Super strength

Taking a step back a few decades, this is the beautifully restored and maintained museum. B-29, the “Legal Eagle II”.

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Legal Eagle II

The “Legal Eagle II” was built in 1945 and parked in the Pacific for three years. Then it became a KB-29M airborne tanker before being used for target practice in California. He was rescued by the museum in the mid-1980s.

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Airborne command

the Boeing EC-135 it functions as an airborne command center in the event of a nuclear attack. This particular aircraft was an oil tanker before it became a command role.

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Local B-52

This big B-52 stationed at Ellsworth was the first aircraft of its kind to land at the base.

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Motors and racks

This model is the D variant, which has a longer range and the ability to carry a greater number of conventional (ie non-nuclear) weapons.

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Colors

The D variant was used extensively in Vietnam, where they were commonly painted like this.

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Moving

As big as it is, the B-52 is not slow. A cruising speed of just over 500 mph is as fast as most modern commercial airliners.

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Tail gunner

Models prior to the G variant still had a tail gunner compartment, which lacked an ejection seat. The G and H variants moved the tail gunner station forward with the rest of the crew. The gun was fired remotely.

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crew

The B-52s of this era had a crew of six.

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Skymaster

the Douglas C-54 Skymaster The transport was built in the 1940s and used by the military for 30 years. This example was ordered by the Air Force, but was turned over to the Navy, which flew it until 1970.

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Missiles

On the right is the Nike Ajax surface-to-air missile. On the left is a Minuteman II ICBM, out of hundreds that rested in silos across the upper Midwest and the Great Plains.

On this trip, I toured two Minuteman launch control centers.

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VIP 25

This is not just any B-25. It’s a VB-25J and General Dwight Eisenhower’s personal transport during World War II. Guns were removed to make room for more seats, bunks and a table. Bulletproof fuel tanks were added along with additional navigations and communication equipment.

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Who Makes Voodoo?

The next entry in the Century series fighter jets, the Voodoo F-101what he designed as a long-range bomber escort. But it ended up serving as a nuclear-weapon-capable fighter-bomber and a high-speed interceptor.

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Delta wing

the Delta F-102 Dagger it was one of the first interceptors of the Cold War and the Air Force’s first delta wing fighter.

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Well traveled

This example, even though it was only in service for less than 10 years, was stationed everywhere from New York to Hawaii. At one point, it was blown up by Gus Grissom.

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Big boss

the F-105B Thunderchief what a Mach 2 capable fighter-bomber. It first flew in 1955 and was used extensively in the Vietnam War. It could carry a bomb load greater than that of some of the legendary WWII bombers, including the B-17.

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Aardvark

The, well, interesting looking F-111 Aardvark Swing-wing aircraft performed a variety of functions throughout their 30 years of service.

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PA Corsair

the A-7 Corsair II it was a light attack aircraft in service from the late 1960s to the early 1990s. This example was stationed in Pennsylvania with the Pennsylvania Air National Guard.

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Streak

The swept wing F-84F streak it was a significant development over the straight-winged F-84 Thunderjet that first flew shortly after WWII.

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Oval intake

In addition to the swept wings and many other changes, the fuselage was stretched vertically to accommodate a larger, more powerful engine. One result of the design was an oval air intake.

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Saber

The hugely successful F-86 saber. Almost 10,000 were built.

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Super saber

The one with the wide mouth F-100 Super Saber it was the first Air Force aircraft capable of going supersonic in level flight.

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A full service C-47

This C-47 it was built in 1944. It flew for the Air Force, the Navy, and the Department of Agriculture.

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A bad green machine

This is in A-26, which for a time was also known as B-26. It is a light bomber and a ground attack aircraft. In the nose are eight 50 caliber machine guns. Additional machine guns could be mounted in capsules on the wings and in dorsal / ventral turrets.

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Big winged canberra

the B-57 Canberra It was designed by British Electric, but built by Martin in the USA under license. It has a wing with a relatively large chord. This EB variant would simulate being an enemy aircraft when training ground crews and aircraft.

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Huey

One of the few helicopters in the museum, this UH-1F, also known as Huey, served as an air rescue vehicle during the Vietnam War.

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Cold fuel

The Titan I was notoriously difficult to maintain and slow to launch, largely due to its use of cryogenic liquid oxygen. After just three years, they were replaced by the Titan II, which used easier-to-store thrusters.

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