Approximately 30 airmen from Ramstein AB, Germany, volunteered approximately 260 total man-hours April 22-24 to help restore the C-54 and C-47 aircraft on display at the Berlin Airlift Memorial site on the former Rhein Main AB near Frankfurt International Airport. They teamed up with volunteer employees from Lufthansa Technik, the maintenance company for Lufthansa Airlines. “It was a great opportunity coming down here to participate in taking care of our history and our heritage,” said SMSgt. Todd Piazza of US Air Forces in Europe headquarters who led the team of airmen volunteers. Fraport AG, the company that manages the airport, organized and funded the bulk of the clean-up and restoration in preparation for the Berlin Airlift 60th anniversary celebration that will take place Jun. 26. (Ramstein report by TSgt. Corey Clements)
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.