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Car Show 2017 Registration

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For the 1st Annual Wings & Wheels Registration Form:

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You can learn more about this sweet event in the Black Hills by going to the news article here.

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September Silo Tour Availability

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Limited Silo Tours

Bus tours of the Minuteman II silo and EAFB are available on scheduled days and times.

 

Please read more for a full schedule of remaining tours.

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Wings & Wheels Car Show

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Proudly Presented by Rapid Chevrolet:

The Wings and Wheels Car Show

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.
You can also read more for further details!

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2nd Annual Community Appreciation Day

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Be sure to join in the fun this Saturday! Read more for details...

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June 24 Film Premiere!

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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!

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SD Film Premiere!

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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.

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First Annual Community Appreciation Day Wraps Up

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The First Annual Community Appreciation Day has wrapped up and we hope to host it again next year! To see all that's happened, be sure to read on!

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First Annual Community Appreciation Day

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Lt Col (Ret.) Grove Rathbun Tribute

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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.  

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Pilot's Log: D'vine Flight

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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!

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D'Vine Flight at South Dakota Air and Space Museum- March 11th, 2016

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The Ellsworth Heritage Foundation Presents

Wine and Beer Tasting

at the

South Dakota Air & Space Museum

Friday, March 11th 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

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Aviation Technology Being Put to the Road

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Normally, Rotec Radial Engines are being put to good use in aircraft.
However, JRL motorcycles found a way to change the normal purpose of the 171 cubic inch displacement 2800 cc engine.

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Museum bids a grateful farewell to Store Manager of 30+ years

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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.

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Xeri-Scaping Project Continues

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The Xeri-scaping project has been ongoing for months, and as construction has progressed exhibits have been moved to a new layout. This photo was taken on August 13th of this year.

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Old B-2 Exhibit

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Those who visited the museum a long time ago may remember that we didn't always have the iconic B-1B aircraft out front as we do now.

We actually used to have a large 3/4 scale B-2 Spirit model on display that has a interesting back story behind it...

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The Museum will be Closed on Thanksgiving

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The South Dakota Air and Space Museum indoor exhibits will be closed on Thanksgiving in observance of the holiday.
Due to the Xeri-scaping project the outdoor exhibits will also be closed.

We will be re-opening on the 27th, and until then we wish everyone a
Happy Thanksgiving!

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2015 Xeri-scaping Project

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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.

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2015 BBQ Finishes

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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!

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2015 Santa Maria BBQ

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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.

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Dakota Thunder Air Show

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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.

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