Two C-130 aircraft from the California National Guard have been activated to serve as air tankers using the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS).
The C-130s from the 146th Airlift Wing will be available for wildfire support at Sacramento McClellan Airport beginning Thursday, July 23. This is the first MAFFS activation since July of 2018.
A C-130 equipped with a MAFFS can deliver up to 3,000 gallons of fire retardant. The system slides into the back of the military aircraft and retardant is sprayed under pressure through a nozzle in the troop door on the left side. MAFFS aircraft can be activated to supplement the civilian airtanker program to slow the spread of wildland fires.