Coulson’s Martin Mars Finds New Home With BC Aviation Museum

After a number of years of exhausting work, the British Columbia Aviation Museum introduced yesterday through Fb that it had secured the Coulson Aviation Martin Mars to exhibit on the Museum, which is predicated in Canada.

The long-lasting “Hawaii” Martin Mars plane, one in every of two as soon as owned and operated on fires by Port Alberni-based Coulson Aviation. The museum has labored exhausting over the past a number of years, posting repeatedly on social media concerning the potential for the plane to maneuver from Coulson to the museum to protect the historical past of the hearth bomber, which was as soon as able to carrying 7200 gallons of water or hearth retardant.

The Glenn L. Martin Firm manufactured the Mars plane as a scaled-up model of the PBM Mariner patrol bomber design that morphed into the XPB2M-1 Mars. The XPB2M-1 was introduced on 8 November 1941, first flying on 23 June 1942. Initially put into service with the Navy as a patrol bomber idea, that was shortly rendered out of date, resulting in the Mars being transformed right into a transport plane designated the XPB2M-1R.

The Caroline Mars was one in every of 5 plane constructed out of an unique order of 20 plane from the US Navy. Navy Archives picture.

The Navy ordered 20 of the modified JRM-1 Mars, later revising the order down to 5 plane. In 1959, the remaining Mars plane have been to be offered for scrap, however a Canadian firm, Forest Industries Flying Tankers (FIFT), was fashioned and bid for the 4 plane and a big spares stock. The corporate represented a consortium of British Columbia forest firms, and the bid was accepted, and the sale was accomplished in December 1959. The 4 plane have been flown to Fairey Aviation at Victoria, British Columbia, for conversion into water bombers. 

The Hawaii Mars and Philippine Mars have been transformed in 1963. They appeared at native airshows, demonstrating their water-dropping means, and have been used as hearth bombers in the course of the Canadian hearth seasons all through the 2000s.

On April thirteenth, 2007, TimberWest introduced the sale of each plane to Coulson Forest Merchandise, which might later turn out to be Coulson Aviation. Coulson Aviation is a large-scale provider of aerial firefighting plane worldwide. It operated the plane till their ultimate use in america on the LaBrea Fireplace in 2013 once they have been returned to Sprout Lake in Port Alberni. The Mars had seen some sporadic use as a coach in 2015 earlier than being put up on the market whereas Coulson continued to keep up that and the Phillipine Mars plane. The Hawaii Mars additionally appeared on the 2016 EAA Air Enterprise present in Wisconsin in hopes of selling the plane for potential sale; nonetheless, the sale of the plane didn’t eventuate, resulting in the donation of the plane this month to the BC Aviation Museum.

 

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