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*Martin Mars/Hawaii Mars*

**The water bomber Hawaii Mars used to fight the Motion Fire below Shasta Dam in northern California.** Lightning caused over 150 lightning fires in Shasta County, California including the "Motion Fire". Thank you Canada and all the fire fighting agencies fighting the numerous fires buring throughout the state. Only two Martin Mars Water Bomber aircraft exist today. They are owned by the Coulson Flying Tankers of Port Alberni, British Columbia. It takes 28 seconds to fill it to full capacity of 7,200 gallons. It can hold 750 gallons of suppressant gel. The plane needs about 3 miles for the approach, water collection and departure. This plane is big! Length: 120 feet, wind span 200 feet, height 48 feet, weight 162,000 pounds, holds 7,200 gallons of water, covers 3-4 acres in a single drop, propellers are 15 ft. 2 in. in diameter and is powered by four 2500 engines. It is manufactured by the Glenn L. Martin Company.

Videos of the Martin Mars dropping on the Motion Fire and other videos of the Motioin Fire. Shasta Lake Bulletin

Video of the Martin Mars scooping water on the Sacramento Arm of Shasta Lake to drop on the Motion Fire. engravingdragon.com
For information on the Martin Mars/Hawaii Mars water bomber and other fire related information please visit Shasta Lake.com.


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July 1, 2008 The Spirit of BC Hawaii Mars water bomber making a drop on the Motion Fire burning below Shasta Dam.

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