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The Department of Defense tasks the Air Force Reserve's 910th Airlift Wing, Youngstown Air Reserve Station, Ohio, to maintain an aerial spray capability. The 910th is home to the only full-time, fixed-wing aerial spray unit within the Department of Defense.

The Aerial Spray Squadron at Youngstown ARS conducts various aerial spray missions throughout the year at various military installations and their surrounding communities using four specially-modified C-130H aircraft and Modular Aerial Spray Systems (MASS).

The MASS systems and four of our specially-modified C-130H aircraft are used to spray biting insects such as mosquitoes, biting midges and filth flies.  The systems are also used to control vegetation growth on military bombing ranges and to disperse oil spills.

The Aerial Spray Squadron at Youngstown may be contacted by calling 330-609-1965 or 1412 or 330-609-1616 (fax).
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View an aerial spray mission video clip of a mission at a bombing range on Hill Air Force Base, Utah by clicking the photo above.

Another very important use of the aerial spray mission is to conduct herbicide missions on military installations such as the bombing ranges at Hill Air Force Base, Utah.  The product used for this mission helps to control the growth of vegetation on bombing ranges thus eliminating the need of people having to mow the areas while avoiding unexploded ordnance.
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Click the photo to watch a short video of a Hurricane Katrina Aerial Spray mission over the city of New Orleans, La.

During the months of September and October 2005, the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas suffered from terrible circumstances resulting in the aftermath of Hurricane's Katrina and Rita.

Hundreds of thousands of people were displaced from their homes while entire communities were wiped away by the storms or resulting flood conditions that left prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes and filth flies. 

The potential for these bugs to spread disease among the population would have been very high had it not been for the aerial spray mission personnel from the 757th Airlift Squadron who deployed to Duke Field, Fla. to set up a base of operations in order to conduct aerial spray missions over Louisiana and Texas.

When it was all said and done, the 757th aircrews had sprayed 2,880,662 acres, or 4,501 square miles--an area equivalent in size to the state of Connecticut. Fourteen thousand gallons of the pesticide Dibrom® were used, costing FEMA $1.6 million. The missions comprised 191.4 hours of total flying time with 46.5 hours of actual "Spray-On" time flying at 150 feet above ground level.

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