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Ellsworth Air Force Base Community Relations

Ellsworth Air Force Base Community Relations Located in South Dakota, Ellsworth is home to the 28th Bomb Wing and the B-1B Lancer aircraft. Our mission is to put bombs on target. Every Airman in this Wing, whether its maintaining our people, equipment, pulling a trigger or aiming crosshairs, puts bombs on target.

Air Show Support

Persons or organizations wishing to request a B-1 bomber fly-over or static display for their events must visit the USAF Aerial Events website and click on the "New Requests" tab.After following all directions, filling out the aerial support request form and gaining approval to Secretary of Air Force Public Affairs, requestors should call the 28BW/PAoffice at (605) 385-5056 to request a B-1 from Ellsworth Air Force Base.


Requestors must be aware that Ellsworth cannot provide aerial support for an event until it has been approved by SAF/PA. Also, once an event is approved by SAF/PA that does not commit Ellsworth to supporting the event. Due to high operations tempo and the number of aerial support requests the 28th Bomb Wing receives, the base does not have the aircraft or manpower to support all requests.

After following all directions, filling out the aerial support request form and gaining approval to Secretary of Air Force Public Affairs, requestors should call the 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs office at (605) 385-5056 to request a B-1 from Ellsworth. After the SAF/PA has approved an event and Ellsworth has been notified, a member of the 28th BW/PA staff will contact the requestor to notify him/her if Ellsworth can support his/her event.

Finally, all events Ellsworth agrees to support with a B-1 presence are tentative pending real-world requirements.

Community Requests

For any questions, inquiries or requests regarding Ellsworth Air Force Base, contact the 28th Bomb Wing Public Affairs office at (605) 385-5056 or via e-mail at 28bw.pa@us.af.mil.

Base Tours

For information on the 28 BW/PA Tour Program, click here.

Small groups escorted by individual servicemembers for non-PA tours are encouraged to contact the South Dakota Air & Space Museum at (605) 385-5189 conveniently located next to the Visitor Control Center just outside the base's main gate.

The museum offers comprehensive tours of the base, including a tour of the base's lone remaining missile training silo, for a nominal fee. Contact a member of the museum staff for more information.

Additionally, military members are authorized to escort small groups (limit of eight per military ID holder) on tours of the base. Members should notify PA to ensure they know their intent, but should know this does not mean the tour is endorsed by PA. After gaining visitor passes from the VCC (605-385-2894), escorts are allowed to provide their groups a driving tour of the base. If escorts wish to bring their groups to a specific work center, they are responsible for coordinating the date and time with each location they visit. If individuals would like to take photographs, call the 28 BW/PA office to request a letter of authorization for photography.

For more information, call the 28 BW/PA office at (605) 385-5056.