News>AF Reserve aerial spray aircraft called in to fight Gulf oil spill
Aircraft and crews from the Air Force Reserve Command’s 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, were notified April 29, 2010, that they will support the oil spill recovery effort in the Gulf of Mexico. The 910th AW specializes in aerial spray and is the Department of Defense’s only large area fixed wing aerial spray unit. In this Nov. 8, 2006, file photo, a 910th AW C-130H flies low level above a simulated oil slick six miles off the shore of Galveston, Texas, during an oil dispersant exercise. (U.S. Air Force file photo)
This C-130 Hercules and crew from the Air Force Reserve Command's 910th Airlift Wing prepares to leave Youngstown Air Reserve Station in Ohio, April 29, 2010, for a staging area in the Gulf Coast region in anticipation of supporting emergency oil spill cleanup efforts. (Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Bob Barko Jr.)
4/29/2010 - YOUNGSTOWN AIR RESERVE STATION, Ohio -- Aircraft and crews from the 910th Airlift Wing have arrived at a staging area in the Gulf coast region in anticipation of supporting emergency oil spill clean-up efforts.
"We are posturing to be ready to provide support to the ongoing emergency efforts if called upon," said Col Craig Peters, 910th Operations Group commander.
The 910th AW specializes in aerial spray and is the Department of Defense's only large area fixed wing aerial spray unit. The aerial spray capability is designed for larvicide and insect eradication, to provide vegetation control at bombing ranges and to disperse oil slicks.
4/30/2010 5:03:36 PM ET Alright, Youngstown. Go get 'em. From your friends at the 302nd Airlift Wing.