Air Force has another 3-day Powder River exercise

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. (KOTA TV) – The Air Force has set another large force exercise on the Powder River Training Complex, Nov. 15-17.

A B-1 Lancer bomber on the Ellsworth AFB flightline. (U.S. Air Force photo)

People living under the range will see various military aircraft in the area, according to a release from the 28th Bomb Wing at Ellsworth AFB.

There is also potential for loud noises associated with sonic booms. Those living near Ellsworth may see increased flightline activity between 9 a.m. and 10 p.m. each day.

The exercises help military aircrews hone their war-fighting skills under as-realistic-as-possible scenarios.

A map of the airspace is attached for reference and can be found on the Ellsworth AFB website at

As a reminder, non-military pilots should review the Federal Aviation Administration’s Notices to Airmen, or NOTAMs, and review flight plans to avoid these areas and altitudes where aircraft will be participating. This can be done by calling 1-800-WXBRIEF, or online at and

This type of training is limited to 10 days each year, with each exercise lasting no more than three days. These events will only occur once each three-month period, as separated into January through March, April through June, July through September, and October through December.