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  Click here to read the CTV News story and view video.   Canada’s federal government wants to permanently ground this rare and former U.S. Navy JRM-3 seaplane on Canadian soil.  historical details are presented below.

JRM-3 Philippine Mars takeoff from Alameda Naval Air Station. U.S. Navy Naval History Center, USN photo no. 1053758

JRM-3 Philippine Mars takeoff from Alameda Naval Air Station. USN History Center, USN photo no. 1053758

Photo above: The Martin JRM-3 Philippine Mars (BuNo. 76820) of transport squadron VR-2 was captured while taking off from Naval Air Station Alameda, California, on a flight to Honolulu, Hawaii, in 1946. An Essex-class aircraft carrier may be seen in the background. By 1956, the Martin Mars had outlived their usefulness and been removed from service. After a series of devastating fires a group of British Columbia logging companies heard of the availability of the Mars. MacMillan Bloedel formed Forest Industry Flying Tankers Limited in partnership with Pacific Forest Products Limited and TimberWest Forest Limited. The combined venture then purchased four Martin Mars from the U.S. Navy in 1959. Mars were ideally suited to the Canadian province’s abundance of waterways and dearth of strategically located airfields. Philippine Mars, now sporting an original U.S. Navy livery, was to be donated by Coulson Flying Tankers to the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida, but the Government of Canada has put a hold on transfer plans.

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