In the Moment ... March 1, 2018 Show 287 Hour 1

Longtime pilot and aircraft builder Norma Kraemer is the author of the book "South Dakota's First Century of Flight." She joins us with the story of South Dakota's first woman pilot and the first deaf woman to earn a pilot's license.

In The Moment ... January 8, 2018 Show 251 Hour 1

Harold Brown served as one of America's original "Tuskegee Airmen." He flew combat missions with the 332nd Fighter Group during World War II.

His 2017 memoir is called "Keep Your Airspeed Up: The Story of a Tuskegee Airman."

He joins us for a conversation about segregation, finding hope as a POW, and how a group of men changed the face of the American military by demanding their right to serve their country in the air.


In The Moment ... September 19, 2017 Show 180 Hour 2

It was a ship designed to take tourists into space. But in 2014, a test flight proved the deadly risks of private space travel. Lives are at stake in the race to space. Joining us today is John DeLisi, Director of Office of Aviation Safety for the National Transportation Safety Board. He's is Brookings for a talk on the The Spaceship 2 Accident and the NTSB investigation.

Record Glider Plane Flight Lands In Hot Springs

Jul 27, 2016
Steve Rathbun

A School of Mines graduate recently broke a Utah state glider plane distance record.  Steve Rathbun  flew a glider, or sailplane from a location near Salt Lake City to Hot Springs South Dakota.   Sail planes have no engine. Rather, glider pilots use thermals or uplifting currents created by mountains, deserts and even towns to soar through the sky.

Water Scooper Aircraft Poised In the Black Hills

Jun 3, 2016
Kenzie Wagner / SDPB

UPDATE: Officials with the Forest Service say the scoopers were called out to fight large fires in Alaska.

The Black Hills is temporary home for two U.S. Forest Service water scooper airplanes. 

Each aircraft can skim a lake, scoop up about 1,600 gallons of water to carry and drop on wildfires.

The two Bombardier CL 415’s are the only forest service scoopers currently operational in the country. Officials say the planes are on hand due to potential wildfire conditions in the area.

South Dakota Civil Air Patrol

The Civil Air Patrol was born one week before Pearl Harbor after volunteers with a love for aviation lobbied for an organization to put their planes and flying skills to use in defense of the country. After World War Two, the Civil Air Patrol was given the mission areas of aerospace education, cadet programs and emergency services.

Kealey Bultena / SDPB

Some people say it’s not what you know but who you know. That’s one of the reasons Sioux Falls education leaders are connecting students with professionals in local industry. Students in the city can take specialized classes at the Career and Technical Education Academy. Options range from health care to welding, construction to culinary programs. Now students are networking with are sponsors in their favorite fields.

"Push Someone"

Dec 8, 2014

Sioux Falls aviation artist and historian John Mollison visited about the latest project from Old Guys and their Planes, "Push Somone," the incredible story of F-4 Phantom pilots Bob Pardo and Steve Wayne.  Mollison also discussed his work as it pertains to preserving aviation history through art and the audio/visual projects on which he works with Rick Lingberg of Sioux Falls.

Aviation Day In Pierre

Feb 4, 2014
Nate Wek / SDPB

The Civil Air Patrol and Elks Lodge in Pierre are teaming up to teach basic aviation to local youth, using models and hands on activities. This is known as Aviation Day for Pierre Schools.