Ellsworth to honor healthcare workers with B-1 Flyovers

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE, S.D. — The Ellsworth Air Force Base is going above and beyond to show appreciation for healthcare workers.

B-1 bombers from the 28th Bomb Wing will conduct flyovers on May 1 at facilities in Sturgis, Rapid City and Hot Springs to honor healthcare workers on the front lines of the war on the COVID-19 pandemic.

The flyovers are allowed as they are apart of a training mission and are also part of the Air Force Salutes initiative, designed to show appreciation to the countless heroes around the world who are battling COVID-19.

“This is one way we can show our extreme appreciation and admiration for all of the men and women in our area healthcare facilities who are working tirelessly to combat this virus and provide care for our families, friends and neighbors,” said. Col. David Doss, 28th BW commander. “Their dedication and commitment is truly inspiring. We simply cannot thank them enough for all they are doing and the sacrifices they are making.”

The estimated times and locations for the flyovers are:

  • Ft. Meade Veterans Administration Hospital, Sturgis, S.D. – 2:55 p.m.
  • Monument Health Hospital, Rapid City, S.D. – 3 p.m.
  • Hot Springs Veterans Administration Hospital, Hot Springs, S.D. – 3:07 p.m.

During the flyovers, residents and staff are reminded to not gather in large groups and to maintain social distancing guidelines. People living in the Black Hills could experience an increased noise level.

Doss also added that the B-1 will fly low and slow enough for everyone to admire and take in the spectacle of the long-range strategic bombers. The base is encouraging everyone to take pictures and video and share them with the base’s social media pages.

For updates, you can visit Ellsworth’s Facebook page.



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