Stunning video shows C-130 pilot’s view of the California’s Rim Fire

Aug 31 2013 - 2 Comments

Recorded from the cockpit of a 146th Airlift Wing’s C-130J on Aug. 22, 2013, at 5.50PM, the following video provides a stunning view of California’s Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park from the California Air National Guard‘s firefighter pilot’s point of view.

The C-130J equipped with MAFFS (Modular Airborne FireFighting System) hence the callsign MAFFS 6 is “vectored” by an operator on the ground to airdrop the fire retardant onto a specific place more or less in the same way an attack plane is described the target to hit with its bombs by a JTAC (Joint Terminal Air Controller).

Noteworthy, as MAFFS 6 slows down to 150 Kts to perform the drop of the retardant you can clearly hear the computer in the background warning about the landing gear: since the aircraft is flying at low altitude and speed, the system assumes that it is about to land and reminds the aircrew to extend the landing gear.

H/T to Bjorn Broten and Shawn Piess for the heads-up

 

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  • RonaldV

    Great video, but the operator is not on the ground. He is in a spotter plane (likely an OV-10 Bronco), just like an airborne FAC would be. You can see him as a little spec on your screen when the C-130J begins his turn, and even better when he uses smoke to mark the drop zone.

  • jimbo

    Landing gear.
    Landing gear.
    Landing gear.
    Gaahhhh! We get it!