Sproat Lake, on Canada's Pacific coast, is the home of the world's largest fire-fighting bombers -- two giant flying boats.
Sproat Lake, on Canada's Pacific coast, is the home of the world's largest fire-fighting bombers -- two giant flying boats. The two at Sproat are the last of five Mars aircraft built for the United States Navy in 1942. They were purchased by Canada's largest timber company to safeguard its forests.
SYNOPSIS: These are the world's largest fire-fighting bombers. They operate out of Sproat Lake, on the British Columbia coast of Canada, where forestry is big business.
They're the last of vie giant Mars boats built for the United States Navy in nineteen-forty-two; and until the mid-fifties they were used in Pacific operations. They were later purchased by Canada's largest forestry products company, McMillan Bloedel, to safeguard the tall stands that provide timber products for world export.
The Mars are fitted with groups to pick up water as they skim across the lake.
In their fuselage the aircraft can carry six thousand gallons of water -- enough to cover three to four acres of forest.
Much of Canada's timber products might never reach world markets if not for fire fighting apparatus such as these old flying boats.