Mars Bomber Drops Payload At Canada Place
The 'Hawaii Mars' fire fighting water bomber, which has been anchored next to Canada Place for the last three days, put on a spectacular flyby demonstration today showing how it skims the water to load up and then performing a precision drop of it's water payload.
Apparently this Mars waterbomber, which was constructed back in 1947, is second in size only to the infamous Spruce Goose. Originally designed to be a military bomber for the U.S. Navy, the design was converted to become a transport aircraft and eventually converted again in 1963 to the current water bomber configuration.
The four engined plane can carry up to 7200 gallons of water which it drops as a 'wet blanket' on forest fires. This aircraft is one of only two surviving in the world, and it's based at Sproat Lake, BC along with it's sister aircraft (the Philippine Mars).Additional background information on these enormous aircraft can be found here.