September 26, 2003


The interior of a U.S. Navy Martin MARS patrol bomber accents the
distinctive angled horizontal stabilizer just above the Navy crewman's
head. This photo was taken before the historic NATS flight of the
MARS over the Pacific (originating from San Francisco), and was
timed for release after the plane successfully completed its first
wartime mission. Associated Press photo dated January 22, 1944.