USCG photograph (1951/52) courtesy USCG Station, Floyd Bennett Field, Brooklyn NY USA…. Screen-shot of a scanned image with a Nikon D80, Nikkor AF-S DX ED 18-200mm VR lens.
The Mariner was designed in 1937 when the U.S. Navy wanted a new patrol flying boat.
One of the truly great flying boats of all time, the Martin PBM Mariner was produced in seaplane and amphibian versions. It was the most important navel aircraft in its class during World War II. Largely used as a replacement for the Consolidated PBY Catalina, which was perhaps the only better-known flying boat, the big, sturdy PBM Mariner served in every combat theatre.
In the postwar era, Mariners took part in atomic tests in the Pacific and fought in the 1950-53 Korean War. Production of the Mariner ceased in 1949, but the aircraft remained a mainstay of the U.S. Coast Guard for many years.
^The Navy first used RATO (Rocket Assisted Take-Off) boosters to fly a stranded PBM off the Colorado River.
^The big gull-wing Mariner featured weapons bays in its engine nacelles.
^British Mariners were returned to the U.S. without seeing operational service.
^Seven PBMs sank the submarine U-615 near Aruba on August 6, 1943.
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