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The Martin Mars......Still In Service

Sun Dec 11, 2011 3:41 pm

The Martin Mars Flying Tanker/Water Bombers originally built in the 1940’s are still in service and based on Sproat Lake near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada.

They are owned and meticulously maintained by Coulson Forest Products. Besides protecting the BC Forests, they have been used in fighting California wild fires.

http://www.martinmars.com/profile.htm



(Also search YouTube for several videos of them in action)
 
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RE: The Martin Mars......Still In Service

Sun Dec 11, 2011 4:08 pm

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!


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RE: The Martin Mars......Still In Service

Sun Dec 11, 2011 11:07 pm

Wasn't one of these used in the movie "The A-Team" towards the end??

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RE: The Martin Mars......Still In Service

Mon Dec 12, 2011 4:10 am

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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Re: The Martin Mars......Still In Service

Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:02 am

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Re: The Martin Mars......Still In Service

Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:05 am

Looks not unlike a Short Sunderland
 
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Re: The Martin Mars......Still In Service

Tue Jul 26, 2016 3:17 am

Armodeen wrote:
Looks not unlike a Short Sunderland


But much larger. 32 ft. longer, wingspan 83 ft. greater, wing area 2.5 times larger (3,686 sq. ft vs. 1,487), engines more than twice as powerful (2,500 hp. vs. 1,065), maximum takeoff weight almost triple (165,000 lb. vs 58,000).

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