Colonel Bryan Allen was interviewed during the annual training and recertification for the Modular Airborne FireFighting System crews at Boise, Idaho on April 21, 2017. The MAFFS converts a military C-130 into an air tanker for battling wildfires.
Col. Allen discussed:
- How playing the recording of the C-130J audible cockpit warning “LANDING GEAR, LANDING GEAR, LANDING GEAR” over the public address system at Lockheed, helped to develop a software modification that enabled the pilots to turn off that voice while they were on final approach to drop retardant on a wildfire.
- The number of sorties and description of the training the MAFFS personnel received during the annual session.
- How the crash of MAFFS 7 in 2012 affected the training.
- The origin of the MAFFS equipment.