JORGE A. DIETSCH COLLECTION
No. 4139. Martin 170B JRM-3 Mars (C-FLYL c/n 9267) Forest Industries Flying Tankers "Hawaii Mars"
Photographed at Lake Elsinor, California, USA, June 1998, by Jorge Dietsch

Martin 170B JRM-3 Mars

12/31/2007 This aircraft was built as a JRM-1 delivered to the USN with BuNo. 76823, and was the second JRM-1 named "Hawaii Mars" (the first "Hawaii Mars" sank in Chesapeake Bay, Virginia, August 5, 1945). Later it was converted to JRM-3, struck off charge it was sold for scrap in 1959.

BuNo. 76823 and three other JRM-3s were saved from the scrap heap and converted to tankers by Forest Industries Flying Tankers of Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada, with a base at nearby Sprout Lake. This forest firefighting company was formed in the late fifties by TimberWest Forest and Pacific Forest Products.

On April 13, 2007, C-FLYL was sold to Coulson based at Port Alberni Airport, British Columbia.






Created April 14, 2005