Here is one of the Martin Mars water bombers that is also stationed at
Sproat Lake. Some statistics on this aircraft are below the photo.
The Martin Mars can carry 60,000 pounds of water to a fire. That water load is scooped up from a suitable nearby lake in about 22 seconds at 80 mph. Here are some statistics on the Martin Mars.
|According the the 1978 Seaplane Pilots Association Water Flying Annual, five Martin Mars were built, and put into service by the navy in 1946. It was the first airplane to fly non-stop between Chicago and Honolulu (4728 miles). Three of these aircraft have been lost (one by the navy, one while anchored by a storm, one in fire fighting operations). The remaining two are stationed at Sproat Lake on Vancouver Island in British Columbia where they continue to serve as water bombers for the Forest Industries Flying Tankers Limited. Their homepage has some neat pictures and more information on the Mars and their operations.||Length||120 feet|
|Wing span||200 feet|
|Gross weight||162,000 pounds|
|Cruising speed||175 mph|
|Touchdown speed||80 mph|
|Fuel Capacity||11,000 gal|
Here is some information about the Grumman goose.
|The first goose was built in 1937. Data in this table is for an early military version. The retractable gear on this model was operated by a hand crank next to the pilot's seat. Later models had both retractable gear and floats, and a higher gross weight. Some gooses were used in submarine patrol along the Atlantic coast during World War II. Military gooses could be fitted with two 100 pound bombs or two 325 pound bombs. (I have it on good authority that the plural of "goose" is "gooses" when referring to a Grumman!)||Length||38 feet 4 inches|
|Wing span||49 feet|
|Gross weight||8000 pounds|
|Empty weight||5450 pounds|
|Cruising speed||140-190 mph|
|Fuel Capacity||220 gal|
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The Mars water bomber is from http://fly.hiwaay.net/~blane/ (Brad Lane's homepage), and is used with his kind permission.
Some information on the Martin Mars is from the Water Flying Annual Vol. 2, published in 1978 by the Seaplane Pilots Association.
Some information on the Grumman Goose is from U.S. Civil Aircraft Vol. 7 (pages 189-192), by Joseph P. Juptner, published by Aero Publishers in 1978
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