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Ellsworth Air Force Base

Big decision looms on Powder River Complex

Big decision looms on Powder River Complex

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Expanding an air force base by about 28,000 square miles is no easy task, especially when it involves four states, pleasing numerous affected parties, and navigating an approval process that takes years.

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Ellsworth training expansion plan could affect small airports

Ellsworth training expansion plan could affect small airports

The oil boom brought Bakken commuting private jets to tiny Baker, but officials say Air Force plans for a South Carolina-sized training area over much of Eastern Montana could quiet the town’s small airport.

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Gazette opinion: Powder River Range: FAA bombs on public participation

Gazette opinion: Powder River Range: FAA bombs on public participation

When the U.S. Air Force first proposed using one-fifth of Montana’s airspace for a bomber testing range, ranchers and pilots objected.

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Montanans not getting a fair chance to comment on bomber range, senators say

Montanans not getting a fair chance to comment on bomber range, senators say

Montana’s U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Aviation Administration of not giving Montanans a fair chance to comment on a proposed Air Force bomber training range over southeast Montana.

March 26, 2014 8:00 pm Related Loading…
Air Force: Bomber crash an anomaly, not sign of wider problem with B-1

Air Force: Bomber crash an anomaly, not sign of wider problem with B-1

Following an Air Force investigation into a malfunction that caused one of the worst crashes in the recent history of its bomber program, Ellsworth Air Force Base said Thursday it is confident the incident will not be repeated.

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Report: Mechanical malfunction led to bomber crash near Broadus

Report: Mechanical malfunction led to bomber crash near Broadus

RAPID CITY, S.D. — An Air Force report says a mechanical malfunction that started a fuel leak caused the crash of an Ellsworth Air Force Base B-1B bomber during a training exercise in August over southeastern Montana.

January 02, 2014 9:00 am Photos

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Ellsworth flights resuming 3 days after B-1B crash

Ellsworth flights resuming 3 days after B-1B crash

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — Flights are resuming out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota, three days after a B-1B bomber crashed in a remote area of southeastern Montana.

August 22, 2013 9:42 am Video Loading…
Investigation into Air Force bomber crash begins

Investigation into Air Force bomber crash begins

BROADUS — Braden Garwood was on horseback searching for a stray bull when he heard planes flying.

August 20, 2013 11:45 pmLoading…
4 crew names released from B-1B bomber crash

4 crew names released from B-1B bomber crash

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — The Air Force has released the names of the four South Dakota crew members who safely ejected from a B-1B bomber that crashed in Montana.

August 20, 2013 12:53 pm Video Related Loading…
Air Force bomber crashes near Broadus during training; crew ejects

Air Force bomber crashes near Broadus during training; crew ejects

A U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber out of South Dakota crashed Monday morning in southeast Montana.

August 19, 2013 11:52 am Photos

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Air Force bomber training area still in the works

Air Force bomber training area still in the works

Air Force plans for a bomber training range over Eastern Montana are still flying, despite no noticeable signs of progress over the past two years.

January 10, 2013 11:00 pmLoading…

Plan to triple training AF airspace, including Montana, progressing

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - A plan to more than triple the airspace in which the U.S. Air Force can conduct training exercises with its Dakotas-based B-1 and B-52 bombers is progressing, and officials expect an environmental impact statement to be finalized by winter.

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Comment period on airspace training is extended

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — The U.S. Air Force has extended the public comment period on an environmental review of a proposal to expand training airspace in parts of the Dakotas.

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Proposed Air Force training area

Proposed Air Force training area

Map showing current and proposed Air Force training air space

December 22, 2010 3:31 pmLoading…

Pilots uneasy about bomber range expansion

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Pilots, airport owners and businesses fear a new training space proposed by the Air Force where B1-B Lancers would fly at over 500 mph will endanger lives and livelihoods.

November 20, 2010 5:30 pmLoading…
Air Force finishes hearings on expanded bomber training area

Air Force finishes hearings on expanded bomber training area

A public hearing in Billings on U.S. Air Force plans to expand a bomber training area out of Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota drew passionate support and opposition on Tuesday night.

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Hearing on low-level bomber runs set for the 26th

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Roaring from the business end of the B1-B Lancer’s four General Electric turbofan jets pours 120,000 pounds of thrust and some noise — a lot of noise.

October 25, 2010 4:30 pmLoading…

Air Force hears worries over airspace plan

BISMARCK, N.D. — Aviators, businesses and a federal agency are worried about a U.S. Air Force plan to extend the Powder River Training Complex airspace to different areas in North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana and Wyoming.

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Hearings on Air Force complex continue

Hearings on Air Force complex continue

RAPID CITY, S.D. — Ray Jilek said he worries that his Spearfish business will be crippled if the Air Force goes ahead with plans to dramatically increase its training airspace across South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming and Montana.

September 14, 2010 11:22 pm Photos

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