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Air Force plans training exercise over northern plains

F-16 Fighting Falcons from Madison, Wis. fly alongside an F-35 Lightning II. The Department of...
F-16 Fighting Falcons from Madison, Wis. fly alongside an F-35 Lightning II. The Department of the Air Force selected Truax Field, Wis., and Dannelly Field, Ala., for the next two Air National Guard F-35A Lightning II locations.((Photo courtesy of Scott Wolff))
Published: Jul. 5, 2021 at 11:59 PM CDT
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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — The U.S. Air Force is planning a massive training exercise over the northern plains states. The Bismarck Tribune reports that the maneuvers are set for July 19-23 in the skies over the Powder River Training Complex.

The training area is the larges in the largest continental United States. It covers nearly 35,000 square miles of air space over the Dakotas, Montana and Wyoming. Officials at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota say multiple types of aircraft will be involved in the exercises and nonmilitary aircraft should avoid the area.

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