May 15, 2014 12:16 AM by Zach Thaxton
Reservists with the Air Force's 302nd Airlift Wing will be flying C-130s in the skies over Southern Colorado this weekend, training for missions with MAFFS, or the Modular Airborne FireFighting System.
The training begins Friday and lasts through Tuesday. Ten crews of six people each will train in twelve C-130s weighing up to 150,000 lbs. with a full payload of firefighting materials. During these missions, loads of water will be dropped rather than retardant or foam. The training missions will depart from Peterson Air Force Base and will practice drops in the Pike and San Isabel National Forest. MAFFS leaders say people in the flight path should not be alarmed by the low-altitude flights.