Defense

September 5, 2012

Two firefighting C-130s head home

Two C-130 Hercules from the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing were deactivated Sept. 2, and returned to Cheyenne, Wyo., from Boise, Idaho.

Four other Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System units remain activated. The Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing out of Colorado Springs, Colo., has two C-130s operating out of Boise. The North Carolina and California Air National Guard each have one C-130 operating out of McClellan Air Tanker Base in Sacramento, Calif.
Leaders of the 153rd Air Expeditionary Group based in Boise said this season has become the second-highest in MAFFS history for gallons of fire retardant dropped, surpassed only by 1994, when about 5 million gallons were dropped. So far this season, through Aug. 27, the MAFFS fleet had released more than 2,277,971 gallons of fire retardant during 950 drops on fires in 10 states.

MAFFS is a joint Defense Department and U.S. Forest Service program designed to provide additional aerial firefighting resources when commercial and private air tankers are no longer able to meet the Forest Service’s needs.

The U.S. Forest Service’s MAFFS-equipped C-130s are operated by four military units: the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing, the California Air National Guard’s 146th Airlift Wing, the North Carolina Air National Guard’s 145th Airlift Wing, and Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing.

This is the first year since 2008 that all four MAFFS wings have been activated simultaneously, officials said.

A self-contained aerial firefighting system owned by the Forest Service, MAFFS can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant in less than five seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
Huntington Ingalls Industries photograph

PCU John Warner delivered to Navy

Huntington Ingalls Industries photograph A dolphin jumps in front of the Virginia-class attack submarine Pre-Commissioning Unit (PCU) John Warner (SSN 785) as the boat conducts sea trials in the Atlantic Ocean. The U.S. Navy ac...
 
 
navair-helo

HX-21 completes first flight with developmental electronic warfare pod

On June 8, 2015, a UH-1Y from Air Test and Evaluation Squadron (HX) 21 completed the first test flight with a developmental electronic warfare pod.  The pod would represent a new tactical capability for U.S. Marine Corps rotar...
 
 
Air Force photograph by Capt. Tania Bryan

NORTHERN EDGE provides environment for testing new capabilities

Air Force photograph by Capt. Tania Bryan Aircraft from test and evaluation squadrons across the Air Force line up on the Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson flightline. Northern Edge is Alaska’s premier joint training exercise d...
 

 
Air Force photograph by Alex R. Lloyd

Ogden ALC completes test flight after F-35B STOVL mods

Air Force photograph by Alex R. Lloyd A Marine Corps F-35B STOVL Joint Strike Fighter aircraft completes its first-ever check flight at Hill AFB, Utah, June 18, 2015. The aircraft was undergoing a functional check flight follow...
 
 
navy-tomahawk

USS Anzio conducts Tomahawk test launch

Navy photograph   A Tomahawk land-attack cruise missile is fired from the Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Anzio (CG 68) during a missile exercise June 25 off the coast of Florida.   The test proved that the ...
 
 
Army photograph by David Vergun

Innovative system links Army networks with allies, agencies

Army photograph by David Vergun Joe Marinich, participating in the Joint Users Interoperability Communications Exercise at Aberdeen Proving Ground, Md., June 24, 2015, uses a Multimedia Gateway to allow the Federal Emergency Ma...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>