The Rapid City Journal is proud to present, “Ellsworth Air Force Base: 75 Years of Guarding Freedom.”
This collector’s book features images of the pre-Ellsworth army air field, the base and military history as well as a present day. We are excited to feature historic images from the archives of the Rapid City Journal, South Dakota Air & Space Museum and include images from our readers to bring this heirloom-quality coffee-table book to the community. This hardcover book is filled with historic photographs and stories spanning Ellsworth’s proud 75-year history.
Nice display of Ellsworth AFB.
Great photos and history from Rapid City Airbase to Ellsworth AFB and B-1s.
Very pleased w the quality. It will be perfect for my husband’s office. Thank you!!
Pretty excited to get this book. I was born in Rapid City on April, 10, 1941 , so you can see the connection. On page 24 there is a picture of the open house in 1945. I was four and mom took me to this open house. I still remember going aboard a C-47 and wondering about the holes in the windows. (Gun Ports) Dad's job took him to Deadwood/Lead in 1947, and that's where I actually grew up. when I was a Freshman at Lead High School, I have great memories of lying on the grass at football practice and watching, but mostly listening to the B-36s flying over. There has never been, nor likely to ever be again, an airplane that stirred the soul with it's noise like the B-36. My cousin and several other men I knew served aboard that airplane, and it was always the best day of the week for me to go visit my aunt when my cousin and friends showed up. Loved the flight stories. Yes, I have a history with that airbase. Mom and dad used to talk about going to a big dance that was held in the "Big Hanger". Can't remember the band that played that night, but Guy Lombardo comes to mind. Great book, many memories, thanks for doing it.
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