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Expansion of Air Force training area enters 'final step'

Expansion of Air Force training area enters 'final step'

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The proposed massive expansion of training airspace for Ellsworth Air Force Base — a move that many believe will protect the future of the base — has entered a “final step,” according to U.S. Sen. John Thune, R-S.D.

November 19, 2014 4:15 pm Photos

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Decision near on bomber training area expansion

Decision near on bomber training area expansion

Air Force officials are expected to decide as soon as next month whether to go forward with an expansion of a bomber training area over the Northern Plains that would encompass an area larger than West Virginia.

July 20, 2014 12:45 pmLoading…
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…
South Dakota county votes to support expanded training range

South Dakota county votes to support expanded training range

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The plan to nearly triple the training airspace for the Air Force Base's Powder River Training Complex has received the support of the Pennington County Commission.

March 20, 2014 1:23 pmLoading…
Air Force moves ahead with bomber training area over Montana

Air Force moves ahead with bomber training area over Montana

The Air Force is pushing ahead with controversial plans for an 18-million-acre bomber training complex that sprawls over much of Eastern Montana.

February 18, 2014 5:06 pm Related Loading…
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.

December 27, 2010 2:45 pmLoading…
Montana senators object to Air Force plans

Montana senators object to Air Force plans

An Air Force bomber training area the size of South Carolina would be bad for Eastern Montana, say the state's U.S. senators.

December 22, 2010 12:30 pm Related Loading…

Rehberg asks Air Force for more time

Rep. Denny Rehberg, R-Mont., is asking the Air Force to delay decision-making on a massive training area over Montana so his constituents can weigh in.

December 09, 2010 5:00 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.

October 26, 2010 9:28 pmLoading…

Air Force holds Gillette meeting on expanding bomber area

GILLETTE, Wyo. - The U.S. Air Force plans a public meeting in Gillette to talk about its plan to quadruple the airspace in which it can conduct training exercises with its B-1 and B-52 bombers stationed in the Dakotas.

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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.

September 29, 2010 10:22 amLoading…

Air Force issues draft report on training airspace

PIERRE, S.D. — The U.S. Air Force issued a draft environmental impact statement Friday on its plans to quadruple the airspace in which it can conduct training exercises with its B-1 and B-52 bombers stationed in the Dakotas.

August 20, 2010 6:29 pmLoading…

Air Force looks to expand training airspace

SIOUX FALLS — The U.S. Air Force is looking to quadruple the airspace in which it can it can conduct training exercises with its B-1 and B-52 bombers stationed in the Dakotas.

December 06, 2009 8:30 pmLoading…
Powder River Training Complex

Powder River Training Complex

The area outlined in light-blue border is the Powder River Training Complex used by B-1B and B-52 bombers. The Air Force proposes expanding the complex to include one segment to the west, bordered in green, one to the north bordered in orange, and one to the northeast, bordered with a purple…

November 27, 2009 10:20 pmLoading…
Plans for jet pilot training raise concerns

Plans for jet pilot training raise concerns

RAPID CITY, S.D. — The Air Force is moving ahead with plans to quadruple the airspace for its bomber training complex over South Dakota, Wyoming, Montana and North Dakota, despite objections from some ranchers and small aircraft pilots.

November 27, 2009 10:15 pm Related Loading…

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