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Late WW2 Era Flying Boat - 2/6/2010 9:32:29 PM   
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I was watching a documentary about this and found its history interesting:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/JRM_Mars

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RE: Late WW2 Era Flying Boat - 2/6/2010 11:03:09 PM   
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And to think that two are still flying at at Sproat Lake, British Columbia.
Thanks for the link.

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RE: Late WW2 Era Flying Boat - 2/6/2010 11:55:34 PM   
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Interesting plane type for an alternate air mix scenario. With a few hundred of these babies, there are a number of air assault possibilities over and above the ovbious air transport options - not that the allies need this extra weapon, but it could be pretty fun to add, assuming something is also added to the Japs of equal value.

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RE: Late WW2 Era Flying Boat - 2/8/2010 4:10:57 PM   
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Speaking of transport flying boats, I was reading up on Hump operations with Google Earth powered up last night and noticed a rather large lake at Kunming -- it turns out Lake Dian is one of the largest freshwater lakes in Asia.

And of course there's not just the Mars to consider as a transport, but the Spruce Goose....

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RE: Late WW2 Era Flying Boat - 2/8/2010 6:21:13 PM   
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wouldn't that need a size three port to land in? And it's operating altitude was rather low!

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RE: Late WW2 Era Flying Boat - 2/10/2010 3:26:31 PM   
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Lake Dian is certainly long enough to take even the Spruce Goose -- some 40Km in length, you might need to build up the port facilities for sustained high volume ops, but the R3Y-2 Tradewinds, while a bit late for our purposes, were meant to beach and unload through nosedoors if necessary, demonstrating what is possible with the concept.

WRT altitude, the Mars seems to have a ceiling that would probably allow it to operate over the Low Hump and potentially the pass routes of the High Hump, though taking something that size through the passes would certainly be interesting. The Spruce Goose had a significantly higher ceiling (though not one ever confirmed by flight testing) 20,900ft vs 14,600ft The big issue would be whether the engines could develop sufficient power for takeoff at 6,200ft ASL.

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