Excellent video about the MAFFS mission

MAFFS cockpit video

Above: Screenshot from the video.

This is the best description I have seen of the Modular Airborne FireFighting System (MAFFS) — the crews, aircraft, retardant delivery system, and the mission. The 3,000-gallon tank can be installed in a military C-130 in a few hours when additional air tanker surge capacity is needed for assisting wildland firefighters.

In 2017 there were 20 large air tankers on exclusive use contracts. This year there are 13, so we might be seeing more military aircraft fighting wildfires in 2018. In 2002 there were 44 on contract.

Thanks and a tip of the hat go out to Nigel.
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2 thoughts on “Excellent video about the MAFFS mission”

  1. Now only 13 large air tankers [down from 44} .What is the Govt., thinking ?
    Wildfire season is already upon us, and there is a smoke problem over more than 1/3 rd of the US.
    Does the USFS, and Dept. of the Interior have a good explanation ??

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