Watch: Incredible Aerial View of California Rim FireSee the massive fire from a pilot's point of view
This video shot from the cockpit of a California Air National Guard plane reveals stunning views of the Rim Fire raging near Yosemite National Park. The planes fighting the wildfire are C-130J military aircraft equipped with the Modular Airborne Firefighting System (MAFF); they make daily runs to drop water and retardant on the flames. The video was taken on Thursday, Aug. 22.
According to the Facebook page for the 2013 MAFFS mission, the landing gear alerts heard in the video "are normal due to the low levels MAFFS aircraft have maintain when making drops." The automatic warnings are reportedly difficult to disable in the high-technology aircraft.
Remarked the Facebook user who posted the video, "Gives you a lot of respect for these aviators and their flying abilities. They do a very dangerous job and do it very well indeed!"
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