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.