08/17/09 138 W, 1 I - + 10 - 5 Hawaii Mars

For your Monday morning reading, here's a nifty post on the Report on Conditions blog, about the aerial tanker Hawaii Mars and its support vehicles from Coulson Flying Tankers. As blogger Capt. Joe Schmoe noted in the July posting, the mammoth craft is one of five Martin Mars flying boats delivered to the Navy near the end of World War II. Two have survived, and both are operated by Coulson. The pictured plane has been contracted by the US Forest Service for this fire season, and is based at Lake Elsinore, CA, until December 10. It can carry up to 7,200 gallons of a water/gel mixture. And it's a big plane. How big? It's wingspan is five feet longer than a 747, notes Capt. Schmoe. Good stuff, great photos. Read and see more.

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