The 4@89th Bomb Group had a short but illustrious career during World War Two. Now, after 70 years, the unit is back with a vengeance and flies B-1B Lancers from Dyess AFB. Scott Dworkin reports.

Blasting out of Dyess, the ‘Bone’ heads towards the local ranges for a twoship reserve-crewed sortie.
All photos Scott Dworkin unless stated

The honour of becoming the first B-1B Lancer reserve unit in the USAF was handed to the 489th Bomb Group (BG). It was reactivated in 2014 but officially became operational at a ceremony at Dyess AFB, Texas on October 17 the following year. Although a Classic Associate unit of the active duty 7th Bomb Wing (BW), the 489th is actually assigned to Air Force Reserve Command’s (AFRC) 307th BW, headquartered at Barksdale AFB. Louisiana.

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