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Tucson, Ariz. (May 6, 2009) ? C-130 Aircraft flown by the 145th Airlift Wing, an Air National Guard unit from Charlotte, NC maneuvers close while contour flying to drop a load of simulated retardant during Modular Aerial Fire Fighting training May 3-9 in the Coronado National Forest of Southeastern Arizona. The 145th AW is a contingent of the 302nd Air Expeditionary Group, part of a unified military support effort of U.S. Northern Command to provide assistance to the U.S. Forest Service, state and local agencies, and the National Interagency Fire Center in battling large, uncontrolled wildfires throughout the nation.  The 145th AW is performing upgrade and initial training of aircrews, maintenance crews, and aviation resource management staff as they and three other Airlift Wings from Colorado, California and Wyoming qualify for MAFFS operations in Annual training exercises this week. (Photo by MSgt Dan Beaudreau)

Tucson, Ariz. (May 6, 2009) ? C-130 Aircraft flown by the 145th Airlift Wing, an Air National Guard unit from Charlotte, NC maneuvers close while contour flying to drop a load of simulated retardant during Modular Aerial Fire Fighting training May 3-9 in the Coronado National Forest of Southeastern Arizona. The 145th AW is a contingent of the 302nd Air Expeditionary Group, part of a unified military support effort of U.S. Northern Command to provide assistance to the U.S. Forest Service, state and local agencies, and the National Interagency Fire Center in battling large, uncontrolled wildfires throughout the nation. The 145th AW is performing upgrade and initial training of aircrews, maintenance crews, and aviation resource management staff as they and three other Airlift Wings from Colorado, California and Wyoming qualify for MAFFS operations in Annual training exercises this week. (Photo by MSgt Dan Beaudreau)

A C-130 Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., drops water over New Mexico during annual Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System training at the U.S. Forest Service's Albuquerque Air Tanker Base in New Mexico.  (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Rick Sforza)

A C-130 Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing, Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., drops water over New Mexico during annual Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System training at the U.S. Forest Service's Albuquerque Air Tanker Base in New Mexico. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Rick Sforza)

Greenville, SC (April 26, 2010) – Maintenance technicians from the 145AW, North Carolina Air National Guard service and reload an aircraft preparing for another MAFFS training mission in Greenville, SC. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Kerner)

Greenville, SC (April 26, 2010) – Maintenance technicians from the 145AW, North Carolina Air National Guard service and reload an aircraft preparing for another MAFFS training mission in Greenville, SC. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Kerner)

Master Sgt. Shawn Crisco marshals aircraft MAFFS eight out to perform another MAFFS training mission after it is serviced and reloaded in Greenville, SC. Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Kerner.

Master Sgt. Shawn Crisco marshals aircraft MAFFS eight out to perform another MAFFS training mission after it is serviced and reloaded in Greenville, SC. Photo by Staff Sgt. Richard Kerner.

Aircraft from the North Carolina Air National Guard MAFFS seven taxies onto the runway to take-off to perform another MAFFS training mission, while MAFFS eight taxies in for another round of servicing and reloading before returning to the sky in Greenville, SC. Photo by Staff. Sgt. Richard Kerner

Aircraft from the North Carolina Air National Guard MAFFS seven taxies onto the runway to take-off to perform another MAFFS training mission, while MAFFS eight taxies in for another round of servicing and reloading before returning to the sky in Greenville, SC. Photo by Staff. Sgt. Richard Kerner

A Peterson Air Force Base, Colo, C-130 Hercules dispenses fire retardant liquid during a Modular Airborne Firefighting System mission in Klamath Falls, Ore. in the August 2006.  A MAFFS unit can discharge its load--3,000 gallons weighing 28,000 pounds--in a little over five seconds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. James R. Wilson)

A Peterson Air Force Base, Colo, C-130 Hercules dispenses fire retardant liquid during a Modular Airborne Firefighting System mission in Klamath Falls, Ore. in the August 2006. A MAFFS unit can discharge its load--3,000 gallons weighing 28,000 pounds--in a little over five seconds. (U.S. Air Force photo/Maj. James R. Wilson)

C-130 Hercules loadmasters with the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing activate a Modular Airborne Firefighting System II unit April 22, 2010, during a MAFFS wet-fire test at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The Airmen test fired the new "MAFFS II" system in preparation for the U.S. Forest Service's upcoming MAFFS certification week in Greenville, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

C-130 Hercules loadmasters with the Air Force Reserve Command's 302nd Airlift Wing activate a Modular Airborne Firefighting System II unit April 22, 2010, during a MAFFS wet-fire test at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The Airmen test fired the new "MAFFS II" system in preparation for the U.S. Forest Service's upcoming MAFFS certification week in Greenville, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

A C-130 Hercules drops "fire retardant" from a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System near Tucson, Ariz., May 8 to finalize MAFFS certification by the U.S. Forestry Service.  Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard aircrews flew training missions from sun up to sundown in the annual event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig)

A C-130 Hercules drops "fire retardant" from a Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System near Tucson, Ariz., May 8 to finalize MAFFS certification by the U.S. Forestry Service. Air Force Reserve and Air National Guard aircrews flew training missions from sun up to sundown in the annual event. (U.S. Air Force photo/Tech. Sgt. Alex Koenig)

Los Padres National Forest, California. A C-130 Hercules cargo plane assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, drops 3,000 gallons of water over the Los Padres National Forest using Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) during the MAFFS 2008 annual certifying event. The annual training event includes all aircrew, maintenance, support personnel directly supporting the MAFFS mission. There are 4 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units involved with MAFFS: 145th Airlift Wing, (Charlotte), 146th Airlift Wing (Channel Islands), 153rd Airlift Wing, (Wyoming) and the 302nd Airlift Wing (Colorado). Photo by Tech Sgt Brian E. Christiansen

Los Padres National Forest, California. A C-130 Hercules cargo plane assigned to the 145th Airlift Wing, North Carolina Air National Guard, drops 3,000 gallons of water over the Los Padres National Forest using Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS) during the MAFFS 2008 annual certifying event. The annual training event includes all aircrew, maintenance, support personnel directly supporting the MAFFS mission. There are 4 Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve units involved with MAFFS: 145th Airlift Wing, (Charlotte), 146th Airlift Wing (Channel Islands), 153rd Airlift Wing, (Wyoming) and the 302nd Airlift Wing (Colorado). Photo by Tech Sgt Brian E. Christiansen

CHARLOTTE, NC -- The North Carolina Air National Guard plans to deploy approximately 40 personnel and two 145th Airlift Wing C-130 aircraft from Charlotte to the northern Israeli community of Beit Oren, near Haifa December 5, to assist international efforts to contain, control, and extinguish wildland fires raging through the area.

The Aircraft will join other American aerial fire fighting units and aircraft from Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Britain to fight the blaze that has already killed more than 40 and displaced thousands over the past three days.

The C-130s are loaded with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, or MAFFS. The unit is a series of pressurized tanks which hold approximately 3,000 gallons of Phos-check flame-retardant liquid. Directed by ground crews and led to the fire site by small, maneuverable lead planes, MAFFS aircraft drop retardant along the leading edge of a fire to prevent the spread of flames. Since 1974, MAFFS has saved land, lives and property from wild land fires in the United States and abroad. MAFFS is only activated stateside when all other air tanker resources are committed.

Only four airlift wings in the United States operate MAFFS. In addition to the 145 AW in Charlotte, North Carolina, the Air National Guard's 146th AW from Channel Islands, CA, the 153rd AW from Cheyenne, WY and the Air Force Reserve's 302nd AW from Colorado Springs, CO., make up the MAFFS force. The aircraft are the property of DOD and the modular units are the property of the U.S. Forest Service

The length of this mission is undetermined and will depend on the demands of the fire fighting efforts.

The aircraft are from the 145th Airlift Wing based at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport.

For related information on MAFFS please see the following websites:
North Carolina National Guard: www.nc.ngb.army.mil
U.S. Air Force: www.af.mil
Air National Guard: www.ang.af.mil
U.S. Forest Service MAFFS page: www.fs.fed.us/fire/aviation/maffs/
National Interagency Firefighting Center: www.nifc.gov