MAFFS at work

Air Tanker 118

Above: Screenshot from the National Guard video below.

Two Air National Guard C-130’s have been working on wildfires in California for several weeks. They are temporarily outfitted with Modular Airborne FireFighting Systems (MAFFS) that can hold up to 3,000 gallons of fire retandant.

I believe this video was shot from MAFFS6 showing Coast Guard/USFS Tanker 118, an HC-130H, dropping on the River Fire east of Ukiah, California.  T-118, which is painted white, is borrowing one of the eight MAFFS systems purchased by the Forest Service that are normally reserved for military planes if they are needed to provide a surge capacity when additional air tankers are needed.

2 thoughts on “MAFFS at work”

  1. 130 was then and is today a Great Machine. Our CG HH130b models were built in ‘57 58 59. These ships take extreme abuse been there done that. Ya can’t mess around when it’s time for internal crawling thru wing inspections and all the other key spots. If a ship ain’t ready to go because of some iffy stuff don’t put your name on it. Me as a fling wing and fixed wing guy don’t like seeing fatigued metal airplanes doing race car moves. Brand New Planes……. GO FOR IT pedal to the metal. ‘Bubba” OIF1 US Army

  2. The Forest Service has 7 firefighting planes, and they are giving up the program. It is a shame. 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸 They need to keep this national resource in place.🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

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