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Return of the Martin Mars helps douse the flames

Kathi Donovan cites her own life to show there’s firefighting potential in the beloved Martin Mars water bombers, vintage giants so admired that thousands signed her petition to have them deployed this summer, two years after they retired.


July 13, 2015
By The Globe and Mail

“It shouldn’t matter about age,” said Ms. Donovan, a 62-year-old bartender, from her workplace Sunday. “That’s how I feel about the water bomber. I can run circles around people that are 19 and 20 years old and do my job. So why can’t a plane?”

Last week, the province got the message and announced a one-month contract for one of the two four-engined aircraft developed by the U.S. Navy during the Second World War, each with a wing span equal to a 747 Jumbo Jet. | READ MORE