“It makes you proud to be an American” Ellsworth Air & Space show enjoys record turnout

RAPID CITY, S.D. — It was a record turnout for the Ellsworth Air and Space Show on Saturday.

According to Ellsworth Air Force Base’s Facebook page, 45,000 people show up this year.

Some experienced their first air show while others were happy to come back.

For the Anderson family of Sturgis, it was nothing particularly new but that didn’t take away from the excitement.

Weston Anderson, who served twelve of his 20 year career with the U.S. Air Force at Ellsworth Air Force Base, was happy to come back.

As for Dave and Pamela Routhier of Rapid City, it was a little bit of both new experience and a trip back to Ellsworth.

Dave served in the U.S. Army for over 30 years.

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“I was in from 1980 to 2014 with a little break in the middle back in the eighties,” Dave Routhier said. “So it was 31 years total, retired as a colonel.”

Harley Verhulst from Spearfish was happy to be back as well with friends and to see everyone out and about.

The air show, Verhulst says, carries a special meaning for the thousands that sat in the warm sun for a chance to be back together.

“It makes you proud to be an American,” Verhulst said. “It’s just neat to, see these guys come over us,” Verhulst said pointing at an F22.

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