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Giant seaplane, used to fight fires, is for sale for $ 5 million in Canada

Written by Roberta Souza
Published 31/01/2022 às 18:10
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The historic Martin JRM Mars plane is capable of carrying 27.000 liters of water to fight forest fires

The Martin JRM Mars, a very important part of aviation history for being the largest seaplane in the world, measuring 35,7 meters in length by 60,9 meters in wingspan (larger than the wings of a first-generation Boeing 747) and maximum takeoff weight of 74.800 kg, is on sale in Canada for US$ 5 million.

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Responsible for marketing is the website specializing in selling classic Platinum Fighters aircraft, where the historic fire fighter is on sale for US$ 5 million. According to the description on the site, the plane with Canadian registration C-FLYL and manufactured in 1946, underwent a technical review in 2016 and is in flying condition, despite not taking off for about eight years.

The “Hawaii Mars II” hydroplane is currently owned by Coulson Aviation, a Canadian company headquartered in Port Alberni, in the province of British Columbia. The company has been fighting forest fires for over 30 years in North America and has a diverse fleet of planes and helicopters of different sizes, adapted for these operations.

Originally built as a four-engine maritime patrol seaplane and bomber, the Martin JRM Mars was requisitioned by the US Navy during World War II. After the test in which the first prototype reached flight, on June 23, 1942, the US government ordered 20 units of the plane, but only five were actually completed.

Seaplane operation after the war

The US Navy kept the planes in operation after the war to transport troops and cargo until 1956. In 1959, the Canadian company Forest Industries Flying Tankers purchased four of the planes and began using them in forest firefighting missions, with internal tanks capable of storing up to 27.000 liters of water, which could be dumped over an area of ​​16.000 m².

Two of the planes were involved in accidents and were total losses, while in 2007 the two that remained were acquired by Coulson Aviation, which used the seaplanes on Lake Sproat, in Port Alberni. An identical model to the Hawaii Mars II that is being sold, the “Philippine Mars” went out of operation in 2012 and is currently preserved at the National Museum of Naval Aviation, at the Naval Air Base in Pensacola, in the state of Florida, in the United States.

The Hawaii Mars II has also been decommissioned twice. In 2013, the plane left service after the province of British Columbia ended the agreement with the owner of the seaplane. However, in 2015, Canada reactivated the plane to help fight wildfires for a month, and shortly after that, it was retired again.

The last seaplane flight took place at the Air Venture air festival, in the United States, in 2016. At the event, the seaplane demonstrated to those present and poured water over the Oshkosh airfield, in the state of Wisconsin, where the event takes place.

Roberta Souza

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