The US Air Force has recently helped Nigeria restore a C-130 transport aircraft to flying condition as part of an ongoing military-to-military engagement between US Air Forces Africa and the Nigerian Air Force.

Maintainers from the 118th Airlift Wing in the US helped the Nigerian Air Force maintainers to familiarise themselves with the evaluation and repair of the Nigerian C-130H transport aircraft.

The mission is aimed at demonstrating propeller and engine change procedures to make the C-130 airworthy enough to fly to an aircraft repair depot in Europe for a more extensive overhaul.

The US maintainers faced a shortage of safety equipment and larger tools such as engine stands during the demonstration, making simple repairs much more complex.

The Nigerian C-130 fleet dates back to the mid-1980s and has never been upgraded. at present only one out of the eight C-130 aircraft is available for service.

Nigeria has initiated talks with the US on the repair of a second aircraft following the successful repair of the first one.