PBM-5 MarinerItem Number: 1229
Martin PBM model plane. In 1944, the final version of the Mariner, the PBM-5, entered service. This model included upgraded radios, turrets, and radar, in addition to new R-2800 engines that were more reliable than the troublesome R-2600s installed on the PBM-3. One of the most innovative features of this version was the provision for Jet Assisted Takeoff (JATO) bottles. These were ideal for making short takeoffs in the heavy Pacific sea conditions frequently encountered on "Dumbo" rescue missions flown for B-29 crews that had to bail out or ditch.
Mahogany Wood. Scale: 1/72. Wingspan 20 inches, Length 13 1/4 inches.