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MAFFS 302nd Airlift Wing

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With the recent outbreak of fires in Colorado the 302nd Airlift Wing was activated and will start flying missions against the

"Black Forest" fire just north/northeast of Colorado Springs. As of this morning the fire was estimated at 8,500 acres and has destroyed 40 to 60 homes.

Last year they were fighting the "Waldo Canyon" fire around the same time of year. Another one right in their own "backyard"

Seems like fire season gets earlier and earlier each year in the West.

There are currently 5 fires in Colorado this morning, with temps in the upper 90's to 100's, low humidity!

73, Rex

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Most of you have probably seen or heard about the "Black Forest Fire"

The final figures were 511 houses destroyed and 13 outbuildings destroyed, this is now the most destructive fire in Colorado History!

The "Waldo Canyon" fire last year held the record for less than 1 year until this the "Black Forest" beat it.

Unless the monsoons rains come in July its going to be a hot and very active fire season in Colorado.

Temps the next few days in the mid 90's.

73, Rex

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With all the wildfire activity in the past few years, has USAF looked at expanding the MAFFS mission beyond a handful of ANG units?

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The US Forest Service actually owns the MAFFS units, they only bought 8 of the MAFFS II platforms.

The company that built them is now out of business.

The Air Force lends them the airframes.

The Units flying the MAFFS missions are Air Force Reserve (1 unit, 302 AW) and Air National Guard (3 units)

one from Wyoming 153 AW, one from North Carolina 145 AW, one from Channel Islands, California 146 AW.

73, Rex

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The US Forest Service actually owns the MAFFS units, they only bought 8 of the MAFFS II platforms.

The company that built them is now out of business.

The Air Force lends them the airframes.

The Units flying the MAFFS missions are Air Force Reserve (1 unit, 302 AW) and Air National Guard (3 units)

one from Wyoming 153 AW, one from North Carolina 145 AW, one from Channel Islands, California 146 AW.

73, Rex

Only 7 MAFFS II units now with the loss of the acft, crew and MAFFS unit. Channel Islands flies Js while everyone else is still flying Hs.

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Only 7 MAFFS II units now with the loss of the acft, crew and MAFFS unit. Channel Islands flies Js while everyone else is still flying Hs.

The other units are flying C-130H-3's!

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I toured one of the Channel Islands J's with MAFFS II installed when it stopped by the plant in Marietta a few years ago. Pretty cool setup with the nozzle protruding from the paratroop door.

Did the someone buy the plans for the MAFFS II system when Aero Union went under? According to the auction notice all the intellectual property was up for sale.

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