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 […]

Charleston to Alameda, Via the Seaplane Route

– Quite An Experience  – By Dick Brodeur Our VP-26 PBM squadron was destined to start flying our planes cross country to California and eventually to Pahu, in early September, 1944. We had the opportunity to practice our navigation flights in strange territory when on August 1, 1944 we were ordered to fly PBM-3D BuNo […]

High and Dry

By ATCS Frederick W. Pauling USNR (Ret)) The photograph was sent to me from a friend and fellow crew member of VP-49 and Mariner/Marline Association member Lou Marrero. Lou wondered if I knew anything about this incident depicted in the photograph. Lou received the photo from Cdr. Steve Kaiser USU (ret) who was a VP-49 […]

P5M-2 Restoration

by LCdr Jack Page, USN (Ret) SP-5B BuNo 135533 at the National Museum of Naval Aviation (NMNA), Pensacola, FL was brought in for Hurricane Ivan repair in June 2007. The work was done by Mariana Airmotive of Cantonment, FL under a government contract with the Navy Department. The contract was limited to storm damage repair, […]