Rapid City Flying Aces

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Rapid City Flying Aces
Rapid City Flying Aces logo.png
Founded 2000
Arena Don Barnett Arena
Based in Rapid City, South Dakota
Colors Black, red, silver
League none as of right now
Head coach
President of Football Operations

The Rapid City Flying Aces were a professional indoor American football team in Rapid City, South Dakota. Like their predecessors, the Black Hills Red Dogs, they played their home games at the Don Barnett Arena in Rapid City. As of April 2007 The Flying Aces did not belong to any football league. The team was affiliated with the Indoor Football League in 2000; with the National Indoor Football League from 2001 to 2004 and in 2006; and with United Indoor Football in 2005. The team considered rejoining the United Indoor Football in 2008.

The Flying Aces won at least 10 out of 14 games three times in their seven seasons; however, organizational turmoil threatened the existence of the franchise.

Team History 2000-2005[edit]

The team began play as the Black Hills Machine of the Indoor Football League in 2000. They lost in the first round of the playoffs to the Topeka Kings. When the IFL folded, the franchise moved to the newly formed National Indoor Football League as a charter member and became the Rapid City Red Dogs.[1] The team played in the NIFL from 2001-2003. In 2004, the franchise renamed itself the Black Hills Red Dogs. In 2005, the Red Dogs joined the United Indoor Football as a charter member and won a single game during their inaugural season in the UIF. Also in 2005, the team signed quarterback Chris Dixon. Dixon would later become the first ever indoor football player to throw for 500 touchdowns in his career.

2006 Season[edit]

In 2006, the franchise moved back to the NIFL and became the Rapid City Flying Aces. During the 2006 season, they began the season 8-0. It appeared the team was going to fold; however, several local investors helped pay the bills and save the team. The team went on to the Pacific Conference title game, where they lost to the Billings Outlaws.


Season W L T Finish Playoff results
Black Hills Machine (IFL)
2000 10 4 0 2nd WC Northern Lost Round 1 (Topeka)
Rapid City Red Dogs (NIFL)
2001 13 1 0 1st PC Central Lost Round 1 (Sioux Falls)
2002 6 8 0 4th PC Western --
2003 7 7 0 3rd PC Western --
Black Hills Red Dogs (NIFL)
2004 3 11 0 4th PC Western --
Black Hills Red Dogs (UIF)
2005 1 14 0 4th North --
Rapid City Flying Aces (NIFL)
2006 11 3 0 1st Pacific West Won Pacific Semi-Final (Katy)
Lost Pacific Championship (Billings)
2007 Did Not Play
Totals 52 51 0 (including playoffs)

Notable players[edit]

Brandon Everage- National Champion with OU


  1. ^ "Red Dogs Season Opener". www.oursportscentral.com. OurSports Central. March 19, 2002. Retrieved July 22, 2017. 

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