Contact Us

Air Guard Crews Train for Fighting Wildfires

C-130 w/MAFFS II (Amy Richards/TSM)

Select C-130 cargo plane crews with the Wyoming Air National Guard’s 153rd Airlift Wing are conducting annual Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System II training with the U.S. Forest Service at the Wyoming Air National Guard Base, in Cheyenne and at Camp Guernsey Joint Training Center in Guernsey this week. During training, the WYANG works closely with the Forest Service, who owns the MAFFS II units, to accomplish the mission.
The MAFFS system was established in the 1970s and uses Air National Guard aircraft to release fire retardant and water from tanks on board the aircraft. The MAFFS II system was implemented in 2011 and has several improvements over the old system including; a more efficient spray pattern; a new trigger system and more dispersal options; an air compressor to assist in reloading water and retardant; and the aircraft is now able to fly with the back end closed, keeping it pressurized, enabling the aircraft to fly higher and operate more fuel efficiently. In 2011, the 153rd was mobilized three times, twice to battle fires in Texas and once to Support efforts in Idaho and Oregon.

More News from KGAB

Best of the Web

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your points and personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account with your Facebook account, just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing profile and VIP program points. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to http://kgab.com using your Facebook account.

*Please note that your points, prizes and activities will not be shared between programs within our VIP network.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

Register on KGAB 650AM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!

Not a Member? Sign Up Here

Register on KGAB 650AM quickly by logging in with your Facebook account. It's just as secure, and no password to remember!