South Dakota Air and Space Museum

South Dakota Air and Space Museum


+1 (605) 385-5189

Day after Labor Day – May 31st

  • Daily 08:30 – 16:30

June 1st – Labor Day

  • Daily 08:30 – 18:00

Outdoor Airpark Only

  • January 1st – March 1st Daily 08:30 – 16:30

Base Tours

  • Mid-May through mid-September

Gift shop and gallery are closed January through February

Free admission, donations welcome

Gift shop


Aircraft collection

Boeing B-29A Superfortress 44-87779/R, South Dakota Air and Space Museum Ellsworth AFB, SD





























Beech C-45H Expeditor

Beech U-8D Seminole

Bell OH-13H Sioux

Bell UH-1F Iroquois

Boeing B-29A Superfortress

Boeing B-52D Stratofortress

Boeing EC-135A Stratotanker

Cessna O-2A Super Skymaster

Cessna U-3A Blue Canoe

Convair C-131D Samaritan

Convair F-102A Delta Dagger

Douglas B-26K Invader

Douglas C-47H Skytrain

Douglas C-54S Skymaster

General Dynamics FB-111A Aardvark

General Motors F-84F Thunderstreak

Lockheed T-33A

Martin EB-57B Canberra

McDonnell F-101B Voodoo

North American VB-25J Mitchell

North American F-86H Sabre

North American F-100A Super Sabre

Northrop YT-38A Talon

LTV A-7D Corsair II

Republic F-84F Thunderstreak

Republic F-105B Thunderchief

Rockwell B-1B Lancer

Stinson L-5G Sentinel

Vultee BT-13A Valiant

Nike Ajax Missile

Minuteman II Missile

Hound Dog Missile

Titan II Missile

How the making of a commercial for the Honda CRX Si Kept the United States Air Force busy

Honda CRX Si

After we spotted the pictures above on the internet we started to send some emails around to find out the story behind the plane in the background of the Honda.

Rob Vogelaar, (member of the team) remembered photographing the mockup as shown on the photo, but did not exactly know what the story behind the wooden stealth was. after some time he got a reply email from Bill Bennet, director of photography of the firm that shot the commercial for the Honda CRX Si:


This aircraft mockup was built to approximately 3/4 full scale.  It was designed and built by John Ward, a mechanical special effects technician, based at that time in Agua Dulce, CA, just north of Los Angeles.

The thing that made the commercial unique was the fact that he built the plane in California, transported it on 5 trucks to Florida where the commercial was shot, and the commercial was released all before the Air force and Northrop revealed this very secret aircraft to the public.

At the time of design and construction, there existed only a very vague “artists conception” drawing of the B-2 that had appeared in the Los Angeles Times newspaper.  It showed the shape of the cockpit, the shape of the engine intakes, and the unique shape of the trailing edge of the wing.    John made a guess at that point that Northrop, having built the YB-49 many years earlier, would not throw away all that design work, but would rather simply build upon that design.  And as it turns out, that is exactly what they did: the sweep angle of the wings is exactly the same between the B-2 and the YB-49, the wing span is the same, etc.  Thus, the airplane we built and photographed was almost exactly the same as the actual B-2, though ours was 3/4 scale.

Word has it that when the commercial was first run, about 2 weeks before the official Air force rollout, the phone literally exploded off the walls at both the Pentagon and Northrop headquarters, with all these top brass military and politicians demanding how some Japanese car company got the design of the plane before it was even released.

When we were shooting on this airfield out in the middle of the Everglades, 60 miles west of Miami, Florida, the Stealth mockup was spotted by the US surveillance satellites. We got a visit for a couple of Air Force fighters one afternoon.  They landed, taxied over, opened the cockpit and yelled down, “What the hell is that?”  We responded that it was a non-flying prop for a commercial, and they smiled, waved laughing and departed.

After the commercial was released, the museum in SD bought the mockup, disassembled it , and transported it to their facility, where it is was on display. (as seen on pictures below)

Bill Bennett
Director of Photography
Los Angeles

Honda Stealth South Dakota Air and Space Museum

The Honda Stealth was rusted and was destroyed, it was made mostly of aluminum and didn’t hold up to the weather.   It has been replaced by the B-1B Lancer.

Honda stealth mock-up, South Dakota Air and Space Museum

Pictures Rob Vogelaar