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Very few of them were made and they were built for transport. the "Water Bomber" name comes from their transition to fighting wild fires by dropping/bombing water on them.Captain Gyro; sgmkersh,
Were any more of those monsters ever built & were they used in combat??
(I've never even heard of one.)
What is that like for a pilot? mg:...The conversion involved the installation of a tank in the cargo bay and retractable pick-up scoops to allow uploading of water while the aircraft was taxiing. The scoops allowed 30 tons of water to be taken on board in 22 seconds. Later some of the hull fuel tanks were replaced with water tanks.
Actually the number was six built for the Navy during WWII.Just a week ago there was a cable show about the Canadian company that owns the last operational Mars and use it as a water bomber.
Apparently only 7 or 8 were built.
He went as far as he wanted. Made a successful flight then mothballed the bird. He may have been starting to lose it mentally at that time.Too bad Howard Hughes didn't finish the "Spruce Goose" amphibian.
That thing could have extinguished Hell in one drop.