Ellsworth Air Force Base
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.
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.
When the U.S. Air Force first proposed using one-fifth of Montana’s airspace for a bomber testing range, ranchers and pilots objected.
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.
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.
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.
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.
BROADUS — Braden Garwood was on horseback searching for a stray bull when he heard planes flying.
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.
A U.S. Air Force B-1B bomber out of South Dakota crashed Monday morning in southeast Montana.
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.
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.
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.
Map showing current and proposed Air Force training air space
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.