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Ellsworth controls all airplanes in airspace 40 miles around the base and clears flights to land at both the Rapid City airport and the base.
Originally posted by spangbr
also, wouldnt the air controllers at ellsworth be on the horn to the pilots telling them they are on approach to the wrong airport??? didnt the air controlers at the civilian airport tell the pilots they were going down on the wrong airport?
Originally posted by onlyinmydreams
... at the very least, when he was on approach and saw a bunch of B-1s lined up on the tarmac instead of 737s he should have known what was up.
I still think that the crew saw something in flight that made the military want to detain them.