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Martin Mars Water Bomber
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Specifications

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water bomber
four
4- R 2,500 hp ea.
75,573 lbs.
165,000 lbs.
7,500 gals.
119' 6"
202' 7"
190 mph
221 mph
14,600 feet
4,950 miles
5 1/2 hours

1963






The Martin Mars Water Bombers are world's largest active propeller driven water bombers and the largest seaplanes ever to enter production.

The U.S. Navy contracted for the development of large transport aircraft in 1935. In answer the manufacturer enlarged their PBM Mariner patrol bomber to produce the JRM-1 Mars series of aircraft. These went on to become the Mars Water Bombers.

After successful testing of the prototype, the U.S. Navy ordered 20 aircraft. The first was delivered in June 1945, but with the end of the war the Navy cut their order to only five additional aircraft for a total of six in all, with the last one delivered in 1947.

The production Mars aircraft entered service transporting cargo from the U.S. to Hawaii and other Pacific Islands. Through the years, four of the aircraft were lost in various incidents. One of the aircraft set a load weight record of 62,282 lbs. in 1948 and another record for carrying 269 people aloft in 1949.

The remaining two entered service as the Mars Water Bombers in 1963. They are operated by Flying Tankers, Inc. and are based at Sproat Lake near Port Alberni, British Columbia.

One of the two aircraft, the Hawaiian Mars, had recently been temporarily based at Lake Elsinore in Southern California. It was employed to fight Southern California blazes.



Philippine Mars Water Bomber.


Philippine Mars taking on water.


The Hawaiian Mars airplane water drop.


The Hawaiian Mars Water Bomber.


A Mars Water Bomber.


RC Martin Mars from Ivan's Plans.


The rc Mars Water Bombers make a fantastic radio control airplane project.

Pictured above and first below is a rc Mars Water Bomber from Ivan's Plans. The RC Airplane is 1/20 scale with a ten foot wingspan. Powering it are four Jamara HS BB motors geared 4.1:1.

The bottom picture is of the rc Martin Mars built by Perry aka Rudderman98 of RC Groups from Ivan's Plans. It has a 120" wingspan, is powered by geared Speed 600 type motors and weighs around 10 lbs.

If you know of any other rc Mars Water Bombers, please email us.



Ivan Pettigrew and his rc Martin Mars.


RC Groups Rudderman98's rc Martin Mars.