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  • 03/18/2015
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So I see that the USFS is going to fly their C-130’s this summer with a MAFFS unit. Does anyone have any information on the program or any guesses on how it will go down?

I read through the solicitation here. It seems to me that they are planning to use the aircraft to create training protocol. I believe that is why they are requiring instructor pilots. Does anyone know how they are going to maintain these aircraft?

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  1. Jean Withnell
    March 20, 2015 Reply

    Looks like the Air Force reserves will continue in some kind of partnership
    What I find puzzling is that they are looking for a retardant delivery system. I thought this had been redesigned in just the past few years for MAFFS operations. And I’d be interested in knowing if the “traditional” use of MAFFs will continue. This was a cool partnership. I enjoyed working at a tanker base for awhile with these crews.

  2. GP
    March 21, 2015 Reply

    I expect that the MAFFS will always be a part of our large air tanker program, if not for their valuable contribution to our suppression effort then for the political implications of agencies working together for a common good. Regarding a delivery system, we were using C130’s from several vendors before we started using the MAFFS, which had a pretty good delivery system. These were pretty much a fixed system with doors on the bottom of the fuselage, where the MAFFS systems were designed to discharge out the side door and to be removable so the aircraft could be reconfigured for military missions.

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