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(Some Guy)   Hey mate, wanna buy a Martin JRM Mars WWII-Era Flying Boat?   (silodrome.com) divider line
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2022-08-15 5:06:03 AM  
I'd buy it, berth it in Lyttleton and live in it.
 
2022-08-15 6:08:29 AM  
My pipedream RV.
 
2022-08-15 6:47:52 AM  
Haven't they been trying to sell that plane for a few years now?
 
2022-08-15 7:47:40 AM  
and the plane could land anywhere there was enough water - which is not typically a problem in the Pacific.
 
2022-08-15 7:54:10 AM  
The PBY Catalinas were downright sexy. But either they or another Martin were basically flying bombs. Endless fuel leaks.
 
2022-08-15 8:29:51 AM  
I still get a kick out of the fact that a PBY jury-rigged to carry a torpedo managed to score (at night, no less) the only US torpedo hit at Midway
 
2022-08-15 10:37:54 AM  
Still powered by piston engines? With the "comprehensive" overhaul, you'd think they would have converted to turboprops.
 
2022-08-15 10:43:00 AM  

Mindlock: Haven't they been trying to sell that plane for a few years now?


I think so. Its use is limited. Smaller water bombers can use small lakes and rivers, but if you want to use this big one you have to have a large enough lake or river nearby for refills and that can be a logistics problem. Then, I noticed it's still using piston engines, which means you have to fuel it with 100LL aviation gasoline - another logistics problem.
 
2022-08-15 1:07:36 PM  
Far more practical for individual ownership.

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which isn't to say that it is practical at all.
 
2022-08-15 1:12:06 PM  
I'd love to, gorgeous airplane, but a little outside of my budget.
 
2022-08-15 1:18:39 PM  

tom baker's scarf: Far more practical for individual ownership.

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which isn't to say that it is practical at all.


The Kalamazoo Air Zoo is an awesome museum.  There's an SR-71 Blackbird about 150 yards off of that Mallard's port wing.
 
2022-08-15 1:20:33 PM  

dionysusaur: My pipedream RV.


Someone tried that with surplus PBY Catalinas back in the 1950s - https://www.messynessychic.com/2014/04/24/all-aboard-the-flying-yacht-circa-1950/
 
2022-08-15 3:48:37 PM  

Polish Hussar: dionysusaur: My pipedream RV.

Someone tried that with surplus PBY Catalinas back in the 1950s - https://www.messynessychic.com/2014/04/24/all-aboard-the-flying-yacht-circa-1950/


And big Sikorsky 'copters.
 
2022-08-15 5:19:16 PM  
I would love to own a flying boat, live on a South Pacific tropical island and hang out in a bar called "The Gold Monkey".
 
2022-08-16 12:52:41 PM  

Polish Hussar: tom baker's scarf: Far more practical for individual ownership.

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which isn't to say that it is practical at all.

The Kalamazoo Air Zoo is an awesome museum.  There's an SR-71 Blackbird about 150 yards off of that Mallard's port wing.


it is and that Widgeon is the best restored one i've ever seen.  Absolutely perfect. A friend of the family had one years ago.  it was a blast to fly but when you land on an inland lake you either need to immediately take off or be prepared to hang around for hours until the boaters get bored and give you enough room to take off again.

The Kzoo Air Zoo has lots of great planes, cars and motorcycles.  if you are in the area its worth your time.
The Air Zoo Experience
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