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Colorado-based 302nd Airlift Wing test fires MAFFS wildland firefighting unit

Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules loadmasters fire the Modular Airborne Firefighting System II unit April 22 during the 302nd Airlift Wing’s annual MAFFS wet fire test at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The wing test fired the new “MAFFS II” system in preparation for the U.S. Forest Service’s MAFFS certification week April 25-May 1 in Greenville, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

Air Force Reserve C-130 Hercules loadmasters fire the Modular Airborne Firefighting System II unit April 22 during the 302nd Airlift Wing’s annual MAFFS wet fire test at Peterson Air Force Base, Colo. The wing test fired the new “MAFFS II” system in preparation for the U.S. Forest Service’s MAFFS certification week April 25-May 1 in Greenville, S.C. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier)

by Staff Sgt. Stephen J. Collier

302nd Airlift Wing Public Affairs

PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. — The Air Force Reserve’s 302nd Airlift Wing test fired the Modular Airborne Firefighting System II unit April 22 here as part of its preparation for the upcoming 2010 wildland fire season.

The test coincides with the U.S. Forest Service’s MAFFS certification week April 25-May 1 at the South Carolina Technology and Aviation Center in Greenville, S.C. Approximately 115 aircrew and maintainence Airmen from the 302nd AW will travel to South Carolina where they are expected to fly dozens of training missions, dropping pressurized water and fire retardant at training locations in an effort to hone their aerial firefighting skills.

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