NC Air National Guard Continues to Lead and Support National Forest Fire Fighting Mission

Members of the 156th Airlift and 145th Maintenance Squadrons, insert the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System, (MAFFS), a portable fire retardant delivery system, into the back of MAFFS 8 to convert the C-130 Hercules aircraft into an air tanker at the North Carolina Air National Guard base, Charlotte-Douglas Intl. airport. Aircrews can discharge 3,000 gallons of water or fire retardant from the MAFFS modules in less than five seconds and cover an area a quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide. Once the load is discharged, ground crews at a MAFFS tanker base can refill the modules in less than 12 minutes. NCANG is one of only four units nationwide that can support the Forest Service firefighting mission. (Air National Guard Photo by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran, 145th Airlift Wing Public Affairs/Released)

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