Note from Saru G: About a year old, but found this quite interesting and worth a share.

USAF Has Dispatched Its Air Sprayer C-130s To Texas In Response To Hurricane Harvey

It is a unique mission that only one unit in the Pentagon's portfolio is trained and equipped to execute. 

C-130Hs from the Air Force Reserve’s 910th Airlift Wing are headed to Texas in response to Hurricane Harvey. The unit has a special aerial spraying capability that is going to be put to use to help with minimizing the impact of the brutal storm's aftermath. The aircraft and their crews are based out of Youngstown, Ohio and they are the only aerial spraying capable unit in the Air Force—a function few probably even realize the Pentagon has in its portfolio.

The ability to spray large swathes of land or water with various chemicals can be used for multiple applications, including dispersing oil spills, destroying invasive vegetation, and controlling insect populations. The whole "chemtrail" crowd will probably be very concerned with the news that these aircraft will be heading to Texas, but their mission there is crystal clear. 


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910th Air Mobility Wing C-130H executing oil dispersal operations over water. 


Because there is so much standing and heavily polluted water around Houston and other areas affected by the storm, insects populations are bound to explode, which poses a major health risk to the population of southeastern Texas and the first responders working to get the area back on its feet. Mosquitoes that can carry and transmit malaria, west nile virus, zika, and multiple types of encephalitis will be the target of the operation. Supposedly the C-130s will treat over six million acres of land while dispatched to the region, far more territory than in previous post-hurricane operations. 

Four C-130Hs and 70 airmen should be arriving at Lackland AFB today and will immediately begin spraying operations. With recent night vision goggle training, Herkybird crews can safely spray at low-level around the clock, and considering that nighttime is when mosquitoes are most active, spraying at after the sun goes down makes the most sense.


The Modular Aerial Spray System installed in the cargo hold of a C-130.


Each C-130H equipped with a Modular Aerial Spray System (MASS) can spray a whopping 190,000 acres per day, although that is a maximum number and normal operations will likely be a little less aggressive. 

According to the USAF:

"The 910th’s customized Modular Aerial Spray System is capable of a wide-variety of applications. For mosquito control, the system uses the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved and regulated material naled, which is not used in amounts large enough to cause any concern for human health, according to the EPA. The system disperses droplets small enough to land on a mosquito’s wing, using less than one ounce of naled per acre. That’s less than one shot glass for an area the size of a football field."



MASS is an entirely different system than the C-130's Modular Aerial Fire Fighting System (MAFS). Instead of blasting out short strings of slurry  or water on fires, MASS atomizes the chemical compounds it is spraying and can cover a massive amount of territory with its two modular chemical tanks held in the C-130's cargo bay. 

The 910th Air Mobility Wing has eight C-130H aircraft and one in reserve, and as of 2014 they have six MASS units. With Hurricane Irma about to plow into what looks like all of Florida, their spraying capabilities will likely be needed there as well in the near future. Florida is already notorious for its mosquitoes, but once Irma dumps millions of gallons of water onto the state, rapid infestation is almost a certainty. 

If anything else, this mission is yet another reminder of the ever increasing and downright bewildering list of missions the C-130 Hercules can be adapted to accomplish.

So if you live in Texas, don't be alarmed if you see and hear a big C-130 roaring by at very low level while dumping something into the air behind it. It's just the Air Force waging war on a microscopic level against an insect enemy.

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Kinda says it all.

Related on the ConTrail.

US Air Force - WTF are you spraying?

Technical information on these aircraft http://www.codeonemagazine.com/article.html?item_id=79

Thanks for post SG. This is interesting but I smell a strong odor of BS. So this incredibly expensive deployment is targeting mosquitoes?

"Mosquitoes that can carry and transmit malaria, west nile virus, zika, and multiple types of encephalitis will be the target of the operation."

Well where is the evidence? Are there epidemiological indicators? I am struck that this is a massive military operation to limit mosquito populations. So, where are the water samples that indicate increased larvae? Where are the biopsies of mosquito bodies to indicate they are vectored in terms of infectious transmission?

The significance of this plan as being a mosquito eradication should be clarified for people. Are there more mosquitoes now than before? Is there more stagnant pools of water than before? But this is only about the reproductive rates of the pesky bug not specifically about the vector represented by the adult biter. Hopefully, all know what a vector is, but in case not: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vector_(epidemiology). Parasitology is also a fun topic that considers insects as vectors to disease. So, MOSQUITO is a parasite that occasionally likes or bites humans and generally other warm blooded critters. The transmission of infectious entities to other critters occurs when a vector, bug, mosquito, feeds off something and ingests a viral, bacteriological or parasitic sample after which it is injected into another critter, occasionally a human. When this ingestion/injection happens enough the incidence of infection of any number of such vector born diseases can rise to epidemic proportions. So, are there indicators of increases in morbidity and mortality referencing the diseases targeted by this military effort?

This discussion is only a start. Are monies shunted to a military operation a pretext for something else. Obviously there must be less expensive and much less scattered or invasive strategies to approach potential problems like these – for example, free mosquito netting or window screens. This is like proposing a military solution to a political or cultural problem or set of issues. Maybe the selling of this crap to the American people constitutes a test whether they will tolerate further far-fetched military solutions and interventions?

So, thanks SG for this posting. Maybe we should be asking is fear of mosquitoes buzzing about us more of a danger than the BS rising to our waists?

Sam

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