WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: A Rare Bird

The Coulson’s Martin Mars Water Bomber,  A Rare Bird!

The Martin JRM Mars is a large, four-engined cargo transport seaplane originally designed and built in limited numbers for the U.S. Navy during the World War II era. It was the largest Allied flying boat to enter production, although only seven were built. The United States Navy contracted the development of the XPB2M-1 Mars in 1938 as a long range ocean patrol flying boat, which later entered production as the JRM Mars long range transport.

Four of the surviving aircraft were later converted for civilian use to firefighting water bombers. One example of the aircraft still remains in limited service based out of Sproat Lake just outside of Port Alberni, British Columbia.(thank you Wikipedia for the in-depth info).

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Over My House ( sorry for the wires)..

 

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Almost On Top Of My House
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You Can’t Miss Hearing Her That’s For Sure!

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There She Goes….She’s So Pretty!

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17 thoughts on “WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge: A Rare Bird

  1. Takes me back to my child hood days. Early 50’s, my Dad was stationed at Pembroke Dock in Wales, where he was part of the ground crew for a squadron of Sunderland’s. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photos.

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    1. They have been trying to sell her as she’s so expensive to maintain..hopefully some-one or (where) will purchase her to use again in firefighting, but it’s more likely she’ll go to a collector or museum!
      They were charging $20,000 (Canadian) for people to come and spend a week or 2 and learn how to fly her..1 man was a Commercial pilot/Air-force pilot and he was at the controls when I took the photo’s! He got to fly her to an airshow in the States later that week! We hate to see her go! She’s such a part of our town!
      cheers guys! T.

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