Stew hicks 2012-02-28 21:02:03
Kelowna residents had quite an demonstration of fire bomber pilot skills.
Here are some good pics. of the Mars Martin and Canadair bombers at work on
the pick-up end.
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Stew hicks 2012-02-28 21:02:05
I’ll try again. Go to “castanet.net”, Photo gallery and newest pictures.
Morgans 2012-02-28 21:02:12
A friend of mine was instrumental in lobbying the NC legislature to get a
CL-215 water bomber, and had a video tape of them doing practice pickups and
drops. Very impressive. They can pick up 1200 gallons of water in
something like 8 seconds. The scoop is only something like 4″ x 8″. They
pick up at 100 knots.
The pictures on the site are of (I think the number is) 415’s, which are
215’s with turboprops, bigger water tanks, and a bit of tail feather added,
plus a few other changes.
The amazing thing is that those planes, as big as they are, are pure cable
controlled, (Boost Tabs) except for flaps. The fly like fighters, banking in
and out of water pickup sites.
Jim in NC
Darrel toepfer 2012-03-02 02:04:34
Apparently the Martin Mars (the 4 engine red and white jobbies) are float
only and not amphib…
The history of them is available here: