B-1 bombers to honor healthcare workers with flyovers

BOX ELDER, S.D. (DRG News) – B-1 bombers from the 28th Bomb Wing will conduct flyovers at facilities in Sturgis, Rapid City and Hot Springs tomorrow afternoon (May 1) to honor healthcare workers on the front lines of the war on the coronavirus (COVID-19).

The flyovers, allowed as part of an approved training mission, are part of the Air Force Salutes initiative designed to show appreciation to the countless heroes around the world battling COVID-19.

The estimated times and locations for the flyovers are:

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

Residents and staff are reminded to not gather in large groups and to maintain social distancing guidelines during the flyovers.

People living in and around the Black Hills could experience an increased noise level related to the backbone of America’s global precision strike force passing overhead.

The B-1 bombers will fly low and slow so everyone can admire the sight 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, follow Ellsworth Air Force Base at www.facebook.com/28thBombWing.

The B-1 can rapidly deliver massive quantities of precision and non-precision weapons against any adversary, anywhere in the world, at any time.