Stopped in at Ellsworth AFB. Ellsworth AFB started in 1942 as a B-17 training base. Later it took on B-29 and eventually B-36 bombers. In fact, it is named after the commander of a B-36 that crashed in Greenland killing all 23 crewmembers. In 1957 the base changed over to B-52s. Eventually it took on the missile mission in the region as well. In 1987 they changed over to B-1 bombers. Right now area politicians are working to preserve a new bomber project that they hope will come to Ellsworth. In 1992 the Strategic Air Command "went away" (reorg) and the missile complex went under in 1994. The base involves a composite wing so F-15s, F-16s, and KC-135s are in the area as well. For those that like airplanes, make sure you check out the Air and Space Museum right outside the gate. They have a bunch of them on display. I always thought it would be fun to sport around in one of these trainers. This is more in line with my skills and qualifications though. I jumped into the cockpit of this Delta Dart. These were vectored by ground radar stations (some in the area) to shoot down threatening bombers. I think George Bush used to fly one of these things. Lots of gadgets to keep track of. The stick had two grips. I assumed that the left was for guiding a weapon. Lots of switches to memorize. This B-1 Bomber cockpit looks much roomier and much sleeker. Of course, on the B-1 you have a crew behind you managing the weapons system.