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 South Dakota Air and Space Museum:

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Address: 2890 Davis Drive
Ellsworth AFB, SD
Back to South Dakota
Postal address: Ellsworth Heritage Foundation,
PO Box 871,
Box Elder, SD 57719

57-5872 Beech U-8 Seminole

57-5872 Beech U-8 Seminole

43-4030 North American VB-25J Mitchell

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43-4030 North American VB-25J Mitchell

61-0262 Boeing EC-135A

61-0262 Boeing EC-135A

City: Ellsworth AFB
Zip code: 57706
State: South Dakota
Country: United States of America
Web site: www.sdairandspacemuseum.com
Contact: sdairandspacemuseum@gmail.com  
Phone: +1 605 385 5189
Opening hours: September - May: 08:30 - 16:00
  June - August: 08:30 - 18:00
Bus Tours: - Available mid-May to mid-September
- 50 minute guided bus tour of Ellsworth Air Force Base
- Air Conditioned buses
- Cameras and Video equipment permitted
- Cost $7.00 adults, Children (12 and under) $4.00
Groups of 10 or more $5.00
School groups $1.00 per person
Admission: Free, donations welcome
Gift shop: Yes
How to get there: I-90 eastbound traffic use Exit 67B and follow the signs to the museum.
I-90 westbound traffic use Exit 67 and follow the signs to the museum.
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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

44-87779/R Boeing B-29A Superfortress

44-87779/R Boeing B-29A Superfortress

58-1192  Northrop YF-38A Talon

58-1192  Northrop YT-38A Talon

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

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 zap16.com 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 o
f 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 now on display. (as seen on pictures below)

Bill Bennett
Director of Photography
Los Angeles




This model is no longer on display at the South Dakota Air and Space Museum.

Photo: The used Mockup on display at Ellsworth AFB South Dakota (Rob Vogelaar)

Photo: The used Mockup on display at Ellsworth AFB South Dakota (Rob Vogelaar)


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.

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