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A C-130J Hercules, equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System (MAFFS), from the Air National Guard’s 146th Airlift Wing, follows a U.S. Forest Service lead plane under a large column of smoke preparing to drop retardant on the Pier Fire southeast of Fresno, California, August 29, 2017. Air National Guard and Air Force Reserves have been assisting U.S. Forest Service wildfire suppression efforts out of Fresno Air Tanker Base since August 10, 2017. Together they have accomplished more than 200 drops and 530,000 gallons of retardant this season. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jeff Allen)
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Air National Guard Staff Sgt. Joseph Perez from the 146th Maintenance Squadron inspects the propeller of a C-130J Super Hercules aircraft at Gowen Field, Idaho, April 20, 2017. Perez, along with a maintenance crew from the 146th Airlift Wing, will be providing maintenance service on two C-130J aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System from the Channel Islands Air National Guard Station during the week-long multi-agency wildfire training with the U.S. Forest Service, CAL FIRE, and multiple Air National Guard and Air Force Reserve wings. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Staff Sgt. Nieko Carzis)
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A U.S. Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules from the 302nd Airlift Wing, at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo., takes off from McClellan Field near Sacramento Aug 29, 2013 to help fight the massive Rim Fire in California's Sierra Nevada.  The aircraft is carrying the self-contained MAFFS  aerial firefighting system owned by the Forest Service.
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A C-130 Hercules from the North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing equipped with the modular airborne firefighting system takes off from McClellan Airfield, Calif., on a firefighting support mission.  A continuing heat wave and an ongoing need for aircraft to support ground firefighters will likely keep Department of Defense aircraft very busy for the foreseeable future in support of the national wildland firefighting effort. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Hector Garcia)
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A C-130H Hercules assigned with North Carolina's Air National Guard 145th Airlift Wing taxies down the ramp July 1 at McClellan Airfield in Sacramento, Calif. The aircraft just finished a successful mission of dropping fire retardant on the Piute fire burning in California's Sequoia National Forest. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Luke Johnson)
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Army Lt. Gen. H. Steven Blum overlooks the wildfire response operations of two North Carolina National Guard C-130 Hercules aircraft from the 145th Airlift Wing with Army Maj. Gen. William Wade June 26 on the airfield at Chico, Calif. General Blum is the chief of the National Guard Bureau, and General Wade is the adjutant general of California. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Mike R. Smith)
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Airmen from the North Carolina Air National Guard's 145th Airlift Wing push a modular airborne fire fighting system onto a C-130 Hercules. The pressurized tanks hold 3,000 gallons of flame-retardant liquid. The retardant is dropped along the leading edge of a fire to block the spread of flames. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen)
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A C-130 Hercules readies for takeoff at the 145th Airlift Wing in Charlotte, N.C., on Sunday, June 25. The orange number "8" is the designation given by the USDA Forest Service to the modular airborne fire fighting system loaded on the aircraft. It can spray 3,000 gallons of fire retardant or water onto forest fires. Two C-130s from the 145th AW are deployed to Arizona to help combat forest fires. (U.S. Air National Guard photo/Tech. Sgt. Brian E. Christiansen)
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HILL AIR FORCE BASE, Utah (AFPN) -- Master Sgt. Tom Freeman checks gauges on a "Modular Airborne FireFighting System" before takeoff aboard a C-130 Hercules.  Sergeant Freeman is an Air Force Reserve loadmaster with the 302nd Airlift Wing.  The wing and three Air National Guard units, the sole aerial firefighting support for the Air Force, have been helping wild fires this season.  (Courtesy photo)
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SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA -- A  C-130E Hercules carrying the Modular Airborne Fire Fighting System from the 302nd Airlift Wing at Petersen Field, Colo., prepares to deliver flame retardant onto a wild fire in Simi Valley on Oct. 29. The aircraft were on station helping to quell the numerous fires ravaging California this fire season. Pilots flying eight Air Force C-130 Hercules cargo airplanes have dropped 129,600 gallons of retardant during 48 sorties and 32 flying hours as of Oct. 29. (U.S. Air Force photo by Master Sgt. Bill Kimble)
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