South Dakota Air & Space Museum

This museum was a pleasant surprise. It’s not Dayton or DC, but there’s a very nice collection of planes here. Inside is the South Dakota Aviation Hall of Fame, including barnstormer and airmail pilot Nellie Zabel Willhite, who didn’t let being deaf stop her from being a pilot and joining The Ninety-Nines. Also, there’s the funny story of Bismarck the dog, who learned how to ride the buses and get beer and whiskey from the bars in Rapid City. If Bismarck sat in a booth, the bartender would bring him beer in a bowl. If he climbed up on a stool at the bar, they would bring him whiskey. He chased the wimmen, too.
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