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Mars Water Bomber Vandalized On Sunday  
User currently offlinehaggisman From Canada, joined Feb 2010, 71 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 2 weeks 17 hours ago) and read 9804 times:

wow - the mind boggles thinking about the potential outcome had the damage been more severe. Wonder if alcohol was involved with these louts?

http://www2.canada.com/nanaimodailyn...28d99b-0548-4dfa-ab27-e71743a68071

Scotty


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User currently offlineYVRLTN From Canada, joined Oct 2006, 2447 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (2 years 2 weeks 16 hours ago) and read 9681 times:

What leads people to do some things...

Not to let off these losers in any way, but the question does need to be asked: if the crew noticed after they landed, why didnt they notice in their pre-flight walk around? Maybe there was some slightly abnormal flight characteristics the article doesnt mention.

Glad there was no bad outcome, that old girl is one amazing machine when you see her up close and personal.



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User currently offlineBreninTW From Taiwan, joined Jul 2006, 1627 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 2 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 9579 times:

There's something amiss here -- according to the article, the police were called and told that there were people actually climbing on the aircraft, yet it flew the following day before they noticed a foot-sized hole in the tail?

Either the police didn't inform the operators of the call, or someone was very remiss in their pre-flight inspection.



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User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 3, posted (2 years 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 9414 times:

Unbelievable! I can't imagine what would possibly lead someone to do something so horrible to such a priceless aircraft. Though what I find to be the most shocking, is that the plane apparently flew damaged without them noticing.

We are so very lucky that only the plane was hurt!


Devon



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User currently offlineMD-90 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 8506 posts, RR: 12
Reply 4, posted (2 years 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 9290 times:

Not so easy to do a walk around on an enormous seaplane. They're only beached for maintenance.

User currently offlineFI642 From Monaco, joined Mar 2005, 1079 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (2 years 2 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 8526 times:

I hope when the service life of these incredible birds is over, that one is preserved. No Martin M-130's exist.
There is a grocery store chain in Baltimore named after these aircraft, one of their stores has a bronze plaque
Telling the story.



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User currently offlineB737900 From United States of America, joined Aug 2010, 174 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 8021 times:
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I first learned of the Mars water bomber after watching "Flying Boats" a few months ago. It is a 3 disc set from NetFlix and is a must see for A.netters! The segment told about 2 Mars water bombers but the article mentions just the one. Are there still two stationed at Lake Sproat? We were visiting Vancover Island last month and wanted to drive up and see them but they were in California water-bombing fires down there. Yeah, they are fantastic aircraft.

[Edited 2012-08-08 11:24:46]


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User currently offlineHorizonGirl From Canada, joined Mar 2005, 807 posts, RR: 15
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 6734 times:

Quoting B737900 (Reply 6):

I first learned of the Mars water bomber after watching "Flying Boats" a few months ago. It is a 3 disc set from NetFlix and is a must see for A.netters!

Saw this recently, and I absolutely agree!

And I am next to certain that this aircraft will be preserved.

I went to see them a couple of times up in Sproat Lake. Watching them drop water is jaw-dropping!!


Devon



Flying high on the Wings of the Great Northwest!
User currently onlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12424 posts, RR: 25
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 5201 times:

Something also doesn't make sense: A hole caused by a foot detected on Sunday, but damage repaired on Monday, with a repair bill of $25k? Is someone goosing the insurance company?


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User currently offlinerailker From Canada, joined Aug 2006, 171 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 3905 times:

IIRC from the local news broadcast I heard, it was the flight characteristics that alerted them to something being off, at which point they landed and looked for the damage.

Wouldn't be surprised if Alcohol was involved, though. Down lower on the Island a year or two back, someone drove their pickup truck onto one of the E&N Railway bridges that spans one of the valleys there and set it on fire, caused major damage to the bridge ties and all that. Wonder what's in people's heads sometimes.

Or rather, what isn't ...


User currently offlinekanban From United States of America, joined Jan 2008, 3478 posts, RR: 27
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 week 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3283 times:
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Quoting YVRLTN (Reply 1):
why didnt they notice in their pre-flight walk around?



A little difficult when moored in the bay, although they do a partial inspection by walking the upper surfaces.. I think there is a door in the fin for that purpose.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 8):
a repair bill of $25k? Is someone goosing the insurance company?


Could they have removed and replaced the damaged unit? and are now repairing it... since it's forest fire season, I doubt they would keep the plane grounded.


User currently offlinerobsaw From Canada, joined Dec 2008, 234 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 week 5 days 23 hours ago) and read 3122 times:

Quoting kanban (Reply 10):
Quoting Revelation (Reply 8):
a repair bill of $25k? Is someone goosing the insurance company?


Could they have removed and replaced the damaged unit? and are now repairing it... since it's forest fire season, I doubt they would keep the plane grounded.

The Province newspaper quotes the company spokesperson:

"He estimated the damage, along with the penalty for not being available, as totalling $25,000."

I also understand the initial repair may be temporary with a larger panel to be replaced when time permits.


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