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Spring 2010

54B Operations in the Salton Sea

Salton Sea, California’s largest lake was formed in 1905. That year, the Colorado River choked with melting snow and excessive rainfall, burst its boundaries. The overflow filled a basin in Southeastern California that now covers 376 square miles, is 52 feet at maximum depth and whose surface level is 226 feet below sea level. As […] Continue reading →

Experimenting with Landing Gear in 1945

Excerpt from the book, Our Navy Days, By Joseph L Heinz In June 1945, the Navy delivered to our NATS VR-8 squadron, the world’s largest operational seaplane, the Martin MARS, and it also was the largest aircraft, until 1988, ever operationally flown. After many years in design and production, and setbacks, the MARS made her […] Continue reading →