Airmen at the C-130 Center of Excellence at Little Rock AFB, Ark., spent about a year creating a maintenance training program adapted specifically to the Romanian Air Force. The first 12 Romanians just completed the training, and another four will finish up this month. The Romanian Air Force has four C-130Bs and is getting its first C-130H next month. Airmen from Little Rock’s 373rd Training Squadron traveled to Romania in September 2005 to determine just what type training would be needed. In the past the Little Rock instructors taught international students using the standard Air Force curriculum. In Romania, the team learned that the “avionics aren’t anything like we have,” says TSgt. Richard Miller, lead avionics instructor with Det. 4 of the 373rd TRS.
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.