Sunrise – 2/22/09

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Sunrise – 2/22/09
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Taken from the National Weather Service in Rapid City.

American Badger
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Rapid City, South Dakota USA

Rapid City Winter Adventures

Rapid City is a year-round vacation destination that has winter adventures for the whole family. Often referred to as the “banana belt” of South Dakota, Rapid City’s moderate winter temperatures mean outdoor activities are comfortable and fun. Enjoy indoor water parks, the new Main Street Square ice rink, theaters, museums, events like the Black Hills Stock Show & Rodeo and much more!

Many attractions in Rapid City remain open throughout the winter and visitors can still experience the beauty of Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial along with local museums and cultural learning centers.

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Consolidated-Vultee RB-36H Peacemaker Bomber 2011

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Consolidated-Vultee RB-36H Peacemaker Bomber 2011
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Consolidated-Vultee RB-36H Peacemaker Bomber 2011

Castle Air Force Base, near Merced, California. What a great place to visit.

"When the closure of Castle Air Force Base was announced in 1994, a group of dedicated enthusiasts in the Atwater-Merced area formed a non-profit organization called the Castle Air Museum Foundation, Inc. Their purpose was to assume custody of the collection of aircraft. It was their dream to build a museum in which faithfully restored historic aircraft could be exhibited for public enjoyment.

Castle Air Museum represents history in a way the whole family can share with our awe-inspiring majestic warbirds. To stand under the wing of the Convair RB-36H Peacemaker or the Boeing B-52, you can imagine the sky around the bombers filled with enemy fighters."

The Convair B-36 Peacemaker was the largest bomber ever built when it first flew in 1946. It served as America’s airborne nuclear deterrence in the early 1950’s. It was capable of carrying the Mark 17 atomic bomb, which was 24 and 1/2 feet long and weighed an incredible 21 tons. It was carried in the bomb bay and even the B-36 could carry only one of these formidable weapons.

The design of the B-36 began during World War II and was originally intended to allow America to bomb Germany from bases inside America, should England fall into enemy occupation. To this end, the B-36 had a range of over 7,500 miles.

The wing span of the B-36 is 230 feet and mounted on these wings are six propeller engines and four turbojet engines. This led to the phrase " six turning and four burning " used by the aircrews who flew the Peacemaker. The B-36 carried a crew of 16 (22 in the reconnaissance version), who took turns flying the aircraft on its long missions.

Crew members traveled through the fuselage by means of a long narrow tunnel on a creeper trolley similar to ones used by auto mechanics. While one of the most powerful bombers ever built, the Peacemaker never once fired a shot in anger throughout its service history.

The first flight of the B-36 was on August 8, 1945 at Fort Worth, Texas. The longest recorded B-36 flight lasted 51 hours and 20 minutes, non-stop and without being refueled. The last flight of a B-36 was in April, 1959.

The aircraft on display at Castle Air Museum is one of only four B-36 aircraft remaining and the only reconnaissance version. It served with the 28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing at Rapid City Air Force Base, South Dakota (Ellsworth AFB after June 1953) from 1952 to 1957. In 1957, it was sent to Chanute Air Force Base, Illinois. There it served as a ground instructional airframe and finally was part of Chanute’s Air Museum. It was brought to Castle in 167 pieces, requiring 11 flatbed railway cars to move it. It took the efforts of dozens of volunteers and two and a half years of work to reassemble and paint the B-36.

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We flew to Virginia Beach to meet our son we haven’t seen in two years, due to military commitments. We met him there to pick up his new vehicle, We now are in the process of driving across country to see his sister in Campaign IL. Than up to Milwaukee WI to drop us off, than he will continue on to Rapid City SD.

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Mount Rushmore
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Rapid City Angel tree picture 2012
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The Rapid City, SD U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) service center consists of staff from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), Farm Service Agency (FSA), Rural Development (RD) and the Pennington County Conservation District. For the past three years the staff has set up an Angel tree to assist families in the Rapid City, SD area and this year sponsored a family of six. (L to R standing USDA agency employees NRCS Denise Miller, RD Melisa Byrne, NRCS Melanie Smith, FSA Stacy Smith, RD Gaby Bassett, RD Pam Smith, RD Susan England, RD Tom Ischkum and kneeling wearing Santa hat NRCS Laura Scott).

“Please ma’am, can I have another handful of delicious feed?”
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