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Hawaii Mars demo at Air Venture, July 27

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CHRIS ROBEY
What is the overall length of the Mars?
sam kuminecz
Length is 118 wingspan 200
Robert Addy
What amount of water does it carry??
sam kuminecz
7200 gallons/27000 liters
Bill Butler
So, Sam, how does it reload? Surely not a "running" fill up?
Roy Hunte
I was wondering the same.
sam kuminecz
They open the scoops on the bottom of fuselage and water goes into tanks as it moves along the water.
GP Lussier
A lot bigger than a Canadair CL-415. WoW !
Mills Crosland
From wikipedia:
"The conversion [of the Mars to a fire tanker] involved the installation of a tank in the cargo bay and retractable pick-up scoops to allow uploading of water while the aircraft was taxiing. The scoops allowed 30 tons of water to be taken on board in 22 seconds."

Wow...
Roy Hunte
Wow, that is a lot of water. That is like 1.4 Tons per second!

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