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    CAL FIRE employees load retardant into an Air National Guard C-130 from McClellan Air Tanker Base, Sacramento, Calif. [Image 13 of 30]

    CAL FIRE employees load retardant into an Air National Guard C-130 from McClellan Air Tanker Base, Sacramento, Calif.

    SACRAMENTO, CA, UNITED STATES

    07.13.2021

    Photo by Senior Master Sgt. Paula Macomber 

    152nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

    CAL FIRE employees load retardant into the MAFFS system of an Air National Guard C-130 out of Reno, Nev. on July 13, 2021, from McClellan Air Tanker Base, Sacramento, Calif. The Air Force C-130 MAFFS-equipped aircraft, as requested by the National Interagency Fire Center and approved by the Secretary of Defense, are providing unique fire-fighting capabilities. Modular Airborne Fire Fighting Systems (MAFFS) are the U.S. Forest Service’s portable fire-retardant delivery systems can be inserted into military C-130 aircraft without major structural modifications to convert them into air tankers when needed. They can discharge their entire load of up to 3,000 gallons of retardant in less than five seconds, covering an area one-quarter of a mile long by 100 feet wide, or make variable drops. Once the load is discharged, and the aircraft land at the tanker base, it can be refilled in less than 12 minutes.

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    IMAGE INFO

    Date Taken: 07.13.2021
    Date Posted: 07.14.2021 21:31
    Photo ID: 6733068
    VIRIN: 210713-Z-WU657-1053
    Resolution: 4267x6400
    Size: 2.95 MB
    Location: SACRAMENTO, CA, US 

    Web Views: 24
    Downloads: 17

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