Stored B-1B Regenerated To Replace Damaged Bomber | Aviation

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A B-1B Lancer from the 498th Bomb Group prepares to be transported at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Jan. 23, 2024. The fuselage was recently transported to the National Institute for Aviation Research at Wichita State University in Kansas to facilitate the forward intermediate fuselage super panel prototype. (U.S. Air Force photo by Airman 1st Class Emma Anderson)

The aircraft, stored at AMARG’s “Boneyard” for years, will return to Dyess AFB later this year.

On April 20, 2022, a B-1B Lancer bomber of the 7th Bomb Wing, serial 85-0089, experienced a catastrophic engine failure and fire on the #1 engine while undergoing maintenance on the main ramp at Dyess AFB, Texas. On February 8, 2024, work started on a BONE (as the B-1s are nicknamed within the pilot community) that will replace the damaged one later this year.

The aircraft might be one of the 17 B-1Bs that were retired in 2021, as Air Force Global Strike Command noted at the time that four of them would be maintained “in a reclaimable condition”. Since then, the bomber has been stored in the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group’s “Boneyard” at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.

This B-1B recently left the “Boneyard” and landed at Tinker AFB for heavy restoration and maintenance. After numerous inspections and upgrades, the aircraft will join the Dyess fleet later this year, marking the first time in 20 years that a BONE will be put back in service after being retired. The last time was when the Air Force retired 33 B-1s in 2003 and returned seven of them to service the next year.

“The fact that our Air Force can call up an aircraft that has sat dormant for several years and prepare it to support our long-range strike mission, all within a year, is incredible,” said Col. Seth Spanier, 7th Bomb Wing commander. “This entire effort speaks to our unwavering commitment to maintaining a combat-credible strike force.”

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