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Bombers Vs Ranchers On The High Plains

Airman 1st Class Hrair H. Palyan
U.S. Air Force

A low flying B1-Bomber makes a whole bunch of noise.   This is one reason a number of landowners in Meade County are angry over a proposed expansion of training space for military aircraft stationed at Ellsworth Air Force Base.

The Department of Defense wants to increase the airspace it uses to train its B1 Bombers and other aircraft.  Ellsworth Officials say the move improves the military's effort to be ready for combat.

But some local residents say the loud airplanes hurt property values, scare livestock, and start fires.

SDPB’s Charles Michael Ray reports that the Meade County Commission chimed in on the issue this week with a letter of concern to the FAA.

You can find a summary of the  EIS on the proposed expansion here.

An FAA report on the proposed expansion is here.

And the Ellsworth website for the proposed expansion is here.

Comments to the FAA on this matter can be mailed to the address below before the May 3rd extended deadline.

Manager, Operations Support Group
ATO Central Service Center, AGV-C2
Airspace Study 14-AGL-06NR
Department of Transportation
Federal Aviation Administration
2601 Meacham Boulevard
Fort Worth, Texas 76137