To pre-register, you can fill in your information on the form linked below! Registration is $15.00, paid inside the museum gift shop the morning of or mailed in before-hand. Spots will be given to folks the morning of, so pre-registering saves you time that morning and increases your window to get a prime spot.
The museum will host a free premiere of the short documentary "The Greatest Weapon Ever Used" from award winning filmmaker John Mollison. Gain a unique perspective on America's ICBM force, the Missileers who oversee them, and the mission of strength and deterrence served by man and missile continually since 1961. Meet the filmmaker, enjoy refreshments, all free of charge!
WW2 Royal Air Force Ace Fighter Pilot To Appear at South Dakota Film Premiere
South Dakota Public Broadcasting to also premiere film
(SIOUX FALLS, SD) — Royal Air Force (RAF) Flight Lieutenant John Wilkinson will be honored at the Premiere of “The Gentleman Next Door,” a short film documenting his WWII experiences this 28 October at the South Dakota Air & Space Museum.
Not long ago one of the aviators featured in the South Dakota Air & Space Museum passed away. We want to recognize Lieutenant Colonel (retired) Grove A. Rathbun’s service to the nation and to South Dakota aviation. Colonel Rathbun was born in the town of Deadwood in the Black Hills of South Dakota.
The 2nd Annual flight has successfully flown the course
An enjoyable evening, with stellar wines, beers, and entertainment took off last weekend at the museum. Everything would not have been possible without all the support from volunteers, contributors, vendors, and visitors alike . Read more for details on this year's event and all those who made it truly a night to remember!
The Ellsworth Heritage Foundation Inc. bids a fond farewell to our Store Manager. She has served for over 30 years while living here in the Black Hills, and we wish her success in whatever she does next. Thank you for flying with us, you have been one of our best wingmen, and we've counted on you for many years. Thank you for your service! Congratulations!
In the early days of the South Dakota Air & Space Museum, the exhibits and collection were housed in the now old Wing Commander's building. It was in those days that our store manager first began working with the Ellsworth Heritage Foundation Inc.
As the project overhauls our airpark, cement mixers, gravel trucks, and high visibilty green colors are all seen frequently. Changes can already be seen with a new front entrance and gravel around our front aircraft. The project is designed to reduce the amount of water and maintenance the museum uses, so we ask for your patience as the work progresses.
The 2015 Santa Maria BBQ ended with smiles this year. A big thanks goes to the Deadwood Express Bluegrass Band for playing that evening and bringing spectacular music to the event. Another big "thank you" goes to all of our volunteers who made the event possible and helped get the traditional beef cooked and prepared. The auction was filled with South Dakota items from around our area, and the bidding was fun and enjoyable. We extend our sincerest gratitude to all of our guests who attended and helped support historic aviation and the museum for generations to come. We hope to see you again next year for another evening of fun, auctions, music, and beef! Thank you!
The 2015 Santa Maria BBQ annual event and auction is being held this September at the local VFW! All of our South Dakota raised beef is cooked over an open oak fire and then seasoned for a taste that's hard to beat. All of our tickets come with an additional raffle stub for a drawing to be held later in the event. Please call the museum at 605-385-5189 to reserve your ticket(s) for this special event.
The legendary BBQ is a tradition that has been held by the Missile Wing for years.
The Dakota Thunder Air Show and Open House will be taking place this August at Ellsworth Air Force Base. The event is scheduled for August 15th and 16th and is free to the public. Performers will include the USAF Thunderbirds and the Army Golden Knights. Many different aircraft will also be available as static displays, including the stationed B-1B Lancer, the C-5 Galaxy, the A-10 Warthog, and a B-2 Spirit.