CanadianNorth From Canada, joined Aug 2002, 3406 posts, RR: 8
Reply 1, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 3093 times:
In our shop we have a poster of one of these dropping a load. They're quite an impressive machine, and the fact that they have remained in service so long only doubles the impressiveness. Hats off to the boys and girls who designed, built, fly and maintain these wonderful aircraft!
threepoint From Canada, joined Oct 2005, 2241 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (3 years 5 months 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2666 times:
Quoting ghYHZ (Thread starter): The Martin Mars Flying Tanker/Water Bombers originally built in the 1940’s are still in service
To be more accurate: I believe only one of the remaining Mars is currently airworthy.
The red-tailed Hawaii Mars (dumps water out of the bottom of the hull) remains in service today; the white-tail Philippine Mars (side-dumping doors) has not been operational in several years.
Quoting ghYHZ (Thread starter): They are owned and meticulously maintained by Coulson Forest Products.
Coulson has maintained the Hawaii Mars impeccably and if awarded a contract enabling the operation of both airplanes, could easily bring the Philippine Mars to the same condition. Not many 1930s designed aircraft have full glass cockpits, load-monitoring systems, top-notch avionics and immaculate interiors.
Quoting CanadianNorth (Reply 1): In our shop we have a poster of one of these dropping a load. They're quite an impressive machine
They certainly are. Their firefighting performance is not as impressive as one might otherwise be led to believe. In other words, take the stated claims with a hefty grain of salt. This is due to limitations of the airplane and not anybody associated with them.
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