Aircraft maintainers at Edwards AFB, Calif., volunteered to restore a historic aircraft for the base’s Air Force Flight Text Center museum. Airmen from the 412th Equipment Maintenance Squadron and the 31st Test and Evaluation Squadron worked weekends and nights for three months to fix up an F-106 Delta Dart, first extricating it from about eight inches of asphalt. They restored it to its appearance when it flew with the 329th Fighter Interceptor Squadron at George AFB, Calif. Eventually, it will join other historic 100-series aircraft at the base’s west gate.
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.