MAFFS fly 64 missions in support of California wildfires
TYNDALL AIR FORCE BASE, Fla. - Six Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules planes equipped with the Military Airborne Firefighting System have flown 64 missions and have dropped more than 180,600 gallons of fire retardant on wildfires in Southern California since Wednesday.
Global Hawk, U-2 and P-3 aircraft capture images of wildfires
Throughout the week Air Forces Northern tasked RQ-4 Global Hawk and U-2 mapping aircraft from Beale Air Force Base, Calif., and a Navy P-3 aircraft flying out of Naval Air Station North Island, Calif., to provide still photos and video to firefighting commanders and civil authorities on the ground.
AFNORTH Liaisons Deploy for Wildfire Relief Efforts
Air Forces Northern deployed nine Emergency Preparedness Liaison Officers, or EPLOs, as early as Monday to various parts of the Western United States to aid in Southern California Wildfire relief efforts.
AFNORTH Helps Fight Wildfires
Air Forces Northern is deploying an Air Component Coordination Element, or ACCE, to support firefighting operations in Southern California. The ACCE is an Air Force team designed to perform the command and control function for Air Force assets supporting the efforts.
AFNORTH Deploying Personnel, Aircraft for California Wildfires
Air Forces Northern is overseeing the deployment of six C-130 aircraft capable of transporting and employing the Military Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), along with appropriate command and control and support personnel to support and assist emergency response efforts in Southern California.
Airmen continue fight on Southern California wildfires
Four specially equipped Modular Airborne Firefighting System C-130 Hercules aircraft joined the massive firefighting effort in Southern California Oct. 23 and continue to fly missions as weakening winds allowed an aerial assault on the state's destructive wildfires.