The Powder River Training Complex is a 28,000-square-mile training area for B-1B Lancer and B-52 Stratofortress bombers, which fly out of Ellsworth and Minot Air Force bases in South and North Dakota. The Air Force would like to use the area 244 days a year, 44.5 hours a week for bomber training, plus the occasional aerial war games with other military aircraft. Ranchers and private pilots in Montana and the Dakotas have been outspoken in opposing PRTC. There are 33 small airports in the flight area, sacred tribal lands and the Little Bighorn battlefield. At their lowest, the bombers would fly at 500 feet. The Air Force is also requesting that pilots be allowed to fly faster than the speed of sound, something presently not allowed over land anywhere in the U.S. [Tom Lutey, Billings Gazette]The earth haters running for the US Senate in South Dakota were presented a question about cuts to the military at a forum last night hosted by Bill Janklow's idea of public broadcasting: Ellsworth never came up.
It would seem that the only people interested in expanding Ellsworth's mission are those who hate big government.
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