Ellsworth (1911–1953), the 28th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing commander who was killed when his RB-36 Peacemaker aircraft crashed near Nut Cove, Newfoundland, during a training flight. War Department established Rapid City Army Air Base as a training location for B-17 Flying Fortress heavy bomber units.During World War II, Ellsworth flew 400 missions in the China Burma India Theater. Construction proceeded rapidly on the base, with the Control tower opening on ; runways, quarters, offices, and facilities completed , and five hangars being completed in late 1942.The field's instructors taught thousands of pilots, navigators, radio operators and gunners from nine heavy bombardment groups and numerous smaller units.
Recreational opportunities are also provided in the form of clubs, fitness facilities, the base library and other sport-related activities.
The 28 BW is one of the Air Force's two B-1B Lancer wings (the other is the 7th Bomb Wing at Dyess AFB, Texas).
As of 2017, the 28th Bomb Wing is commanded by Colonel John Edwards Ellsworth AFB is 10 miles east of Rapid City, S. The relationship between Ellsworth and Rapid City was exemplified by Ellsworth's main entrance, a gift from the citizens of Rapid City, constructed to symbolize a B-52 Stratofortress, one of the aircraft formerly flown by the 28th Bomb Wing. The mission of the 28th Bomb Wing is to deliver combat power for global military response.
Ellsworth Air Force Base (AFB) (IATA: RCA, ICAO: KRCA, FAA LID: RCA) is a United States Air Force base located about 10 miles (16 km) northeast of Rapid City, South Dakota, just north of the town of Box Elder.
The host unit at Ellsworth is the 28th Bomb Wing (28 BW) assigned to the Global Strike Command's Eighth Air Force.