Airmen at Aviano AB, Italy, get little chance to practice their skills at night flying because the Italians insist the base keeps its F-16s in their nests from 11 p.m. to 7 a.m., according to the Stars and Stripes. The newspaper reports that the situation is not all that unusual throughout European bases, although the time periods may vary. Aviano officials say the rules don’t really affect their readiness. They work around the restrictions, and the Italians do permit them a few weeks of night flying in the summer.
The Air Force overall reduced its size by 120 aircraft in fiscal year 2021, but kept about the same number of fighter, bomber and attack aircraft, according to data supplied by the service. The F-35 fleet saw the biggest increase while the B-1B bomber fleet saw the largest decline.