The last Martin Mars water bomber, the world's largest piston-powered prop plane, will retire from firefighting, officials said this week. The airplane, which can skim a lake and pick up more than 7,000 gallons of water to help fight fires, will be replaced by "a more cost-effective, efficient option," said Steve Thomson, forests minister for British Columbia, where the aircraft has been operating for 53 years.
The news "isn't going over well with BC residents," according to the Victoria Times Colonist, "many of whom have an emotional attachment to the aircraft."
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