The western USA is well known for the major forest fires that regularly ravage communities and damage the environment. Dr Kevin Wright visited the 146th Airlift Wing of the California Air National Guard to find out more about its airborne firefighting mission.

A Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules of the 146th AW of the California ANG performs water drop training in southern California.
USAF/Tech Sgt Alex Koenig

Channel Islands Air National Guard (ANG) Station, in Ventura County, California sits on the Pacific coast and is home to the California ANGs Lockheed Martin C-130J Hercules equipped 146th Airlift Wing (AW). The site, which is leased by the State of California, occupies an enclave adjacent to Point Mugu airfield, part of Naval Base Ventura County – the unit has been resident there since the late 1980s.

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