MAFFS In Action

Photo by SSgt. Nathan Federico

Two Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, or MAFFS, -equipped C-130Hs from the 302nd Airlift Wing, the US Air Force Reserve Command unit at Peterson AFB, Colorado, arrived at McClellan Air Tanker Base, California, on 3 August 2015 to assist in fighting the Rocky Fire northwest of Sacramento, California. Peterson aircrews carried out operations the same day. Aircrews flying two MAFFS-equipped C-130Js from the 146th Airlift Wing, the California Air National Guard unit at Channel Islands ANGB, California, began flying firefighting missions on 1 August. The first day all four C-130s fought the Rocky Fire, crews flew a combined twenty-two sorties and dropped close to 63,000 gallons of retardant to establish fire containment lines.

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