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MAFFS 2 returns to Colo.MAFFS 2 returns to Colo.
MAFFS 2 returns to Colo.

With remnants of Phos-Chek retardant beneath its tail section, MAFFS 2 from the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing returned to home station at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Aug. 30, 2013 after providing aerial fire fighting support in the western U.S. MAFFS equipped C-130s, to include the 302nd AW's MAFFS 2 and MAFFS 5 have flown a total of 576 sorties making 541 drops using 1,387,881 gallons of retardant on fires in eight states from June 11 through Sep. 5.
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Posted: 9/6/2013

MAFFS 2013 CaliforniaMAFFS 2013 California
MAFFS 2013 California

A view of the Rim fire is visible from a MAFFS-equipped U.S. Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., Aug. 26, 2013. Five DOD MAFFS aircraft were activated by the U.S. Forest Service during the month of August to help fight fires in the western U.S. including the massive Rim Fire in California's Sierra Nevada. (U.S. Air Force photo / Lt. Col. Jason Terry)
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Posted: 9/6/2013

MAFFS August 2013 - CaliforniaMAFFS August 2013 - California
MAFFS August 2013 - California

A U.S. Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., takes off from McClellan Field near Sacramento Aug 29, 2013 to help fight the massive Rim Fire in California's Sierra Nevada. The aircraft is carrying the self-contained Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System owned by the Forest Service. C-130 aircraft with MAFFS modules loaded into their cargo bays follow Forest Service lead planes, and military aircrews can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant along the leading edge of a wild land fire in less than five seconds, covering an area a quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, ground crews at a MAFFS tanker base can refill the modules in less than 12 minutes. An interagency Defense Department and Forest Service program, MAFFS provides aerial firefighting resources when commercial and private air tankers are no longer able to meet the Forest Service's needs. (U.S. Air Force photo / Lt. Col. Robert Couse-Baker)
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Posted: 9/6/2013

MAFFS trainingMAFFS training
MAFFS training

Summer 2013
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Posted: 7/22/2013

MAFFS to PhoenixMAFFS to Phoenix
MAFFS to Phoenix

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- A C-130J from the California Air National Guard, Channel Islands Air National Guard Station, Port Hueneme, Calif. prepares to leave here July 3 for the Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport, Ariz. The aircraft, equipped with the U.S. Forest Service’s Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System moved locations at the USFS's request. Three more MAFFS-equipped Aircraft, another from the California ANG and two from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 302nd Airlift Wing, based at Peterson, are expected to follow. An interagency DoD and USFS program, MAFFS provides aerial firefighting resources when commercial and private air tankers are no longer able to meet the needs of the Forest Service.
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Posted: 7/3/2013

SECDEF visits with 302nd Airlift Wing membersSECDEF visits with 302nd Airlift Wing members
SECDEF visits with 302nd Airlift Wing members

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel talks with Air Force Reserve Tech. Sgt. Jimmy Felts June 28 on the Peterson Air Force Base flightline during the secretary's visit to Colorado Springs, Colo. Hagel recognized members of the 302nd Airlift Wing who were involved with Rocky Mountain aerial firefighting efforts using the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System. Felts is a Aerospace Maintenance Technician with the 302nd Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Daniel Butterfield)
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Posted: 6/29/2013

SECDEF visits with 302nd Airlift Wing membersSECDEF visits with 302nd Airlift Wing members
SECDEF visits with 302nd Airlift Wing members

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel greets Air Force Reserve Col. James Van Housen June 28 on the Peterson Air Force Base flightline during the secretary's visit to Colorado Springs, Colo. Hagel met with maintainers and aircrew members from the 302nd Airlift Wing who were involved with Rocky Mountain aerial firefighting efforts using the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System. Van Housen commands the 302nd Maintenance Group. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Daniel Butterfield)
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Posted: 6/29/2013

Prepare to departPrepare to depart
Prepare to depart

A C-130J crew chief with the California Air National Guard coordinates with aircrew prior to the aircraft's launch June 24, 2013, from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., to support the West Fork Complex fires. Aircraft and Airmen from the California ANG's 146th Airlift Wing, together with Air Force Reservists with the 302nd AW, have joined together to provide aerial firefighting support to Rocky Mountain wildfires. The aircraft make use of the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, or "MAFFS," to drop fire retardant in support ground forces. Since July 25, MAFFS aircraft and aircrews have dropped 169,000 gallons of retardant in 2013. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)
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Posted: 6/26/2013

MAFFS support to Rocky Mountain wildfires growsMAFFS support to Rocky Mountain wildfires grows
MAFFS support to Rocky Mountain wildfires grows

An air tanker "pit" crew detaches a fire retardant loading hose from a California Air National Guard C-130 June 24 prior to the aircraft's departure from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Portions of Peterson AFB's flightline were converted into an air tanker base for aerial firefighting operations the same day, providing additional capabilities to both military and civilian air tankers. The aircraft is assigned to the 146th Airlift Wing, based in Channel Islands, Calif. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)
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Posted: 6/25/2013

MAFFS support to Rocky Mountain wildfires growsMAFFS support to Rocky Mountain wildfires grows
MAFFS support to Rocky Mountain wildfires grows

An air tanker "pit" crew prepares a fire retardant compressor for operation June 24 as Air Force C-130s prepare to depart Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Portions of Peterson AFB's flightline were converted into an air tanker base for aerial firefighting operations the same day, providing additional capabilities to both military and civilian air tankers. Aircraft from both the California Air National Guard (center) and the Air Force Reserve (right) are featured. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)
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Posted: 6/25/2013

MAFFS support to Rocky Mountain wildfires growsMAFFS support to Rocky Mountain wildfires grows
MAFFS support to Rocky Mountain wildfires grows

Matt Huse, a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System ramp manager, together with members of his air tanker "pit" crew, extract a fire retardant loading hose from the flightline June 24 as Air Force C-130s prepare to depart Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Portions of Peterson AFB's flightline were converted into an air tanker base for aerial firefighting operations the same day, providing additional capabilities to both military and civilian air tankers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)
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Posted: 6/25/2013

MAFFS support to Rocky Mountain wildfires growsMAFFS support to Rocky Mountain wildfires grows
MAFFS support to Rocky Mountain wildfires grows

An air tanker "pit" crew detaches a fire retardant loading hose from an Air Force Reserve C-130 June 24 prior to the aircraft's departure from Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. Portions of Peterson AFB's flightline were converted into an air tanker base for aerial firefighting operations the same day, providing additional capabilities to both military and civilian air tankers. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)
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Posted: 6/25/2013

    

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