Air Show sees record-setting attendance, including four who took their Air Force oath on the flight line

ELLSWORTH AIR FORCE BASE, S.D. — The 2022 Ellsworth Air and Space Show wrapped up on Sunday, and according to officials, it was an overwhelming success.

Years of planning and coordinating resulted in two days of spectacular displays and dynamic family fun. The flight line at Ellsworth was transformed into a playground for all ages, with static aircraft, food vendors, and even a kid-zone.

Those seven years since the last show were well worth the wait, as attendees turned up in record numbers to be a part of the fun.

“In 2015, for both days combined, we had about 50,000 people,” says Lt. Col. Tony Nishimura, the air show director. “[Saturday], we set a single day attendance record of 45,000; probably more than that actually.”

While some came for the planes, others came to swear their allegiance to the United States.

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Four young men and women had the honor of taking their Air Force oath on the flight line during the air show Sunday.

For one new recruit in particular, the future brings with it a lot of different emotions.

“I know this might be cliché, but [it’s] really to be part of something bigger than just myself; to be part of the team and to do my best in it,” says enlistee Agustin Arbo.

Arbo, originally from Paraguay, says he has family in the Air Force, and his passion for aviation drew him to enlist. He hopes to ship out to basic in the next month, and plans to pursue a career in aviation mechanics.


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