The Martin JRM Mars was conceived in 1941 as a patrol bomber, intended to scale up the already existing Martin PBM Mariner. The prototype, designated as XPB2M-1R, went into test phase in November 1941 and first flew in June 1942. Being the largest flying boat ever to enter Allied service during WWII, it was soon assigned the role of a transport aircraft instead. The remaining two Martin JRM Mars planes, "Hawaii Mars II" and "Philippine Mars", were both converted into water bombers and remained in service until "Hawaii Mars" eventually retired in 2015 - far beyond anyone's expectations.
More recently, "Hawaii Mars" starred at the EAA's 2016 Air Venture, thrilling many enthusiasts when simulating "fire attacks" on the Oshkosh Airfield. Today, Hawaii Mars II remains the only airworthy example of it's type in the world. The opportunity to purchase and preserve a unique part of aviation history is now available for the discerning buyer, or donor.
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