About Dyess AFB, TX
Dyess Air Force Base, located in Abilene, Texas, lies 180 miles west of Dallas. Established in 1942 as Abilene Army Airbase, it was renamed for Lt. Col William Edwin Dyess who heroically died in a plane crash, refusing to abandon his aircraft in an attempt to prevent civilian deaths.
The base hosts the 7th Bomb Wing, known as the "Home of the B-1", which trains all Air Force B-1B combat crew in their mission to develop world-class Airmen and air power. Dyess is also home to an Air Combat Command Wing whose key squadron, the 317th Airlift Group, operates C-130H aircraft for military transport and supply worldwide.
4500 military members are assigned to Dyess with over 490 civilians employed on base. Located along the entrance road to the base is the Dyess Linear Air Park, a 1.2 mile-long outdoor exhibit featuring displays of over 30 historic Air Force aircraft.