Martin Mars waterbombers back in the water; first flight could be July 13

A small crowd gathered at the Coulson Flying Tankers bomber base to watch the Hawaii Mars take her first dip of the year.

A Coulson Flying Tankers employee has the best seat in the house as he monitors the nose of the Hawaii Mars as it launches into the water

The Hawaii Mars waterbomber is in the water and if all goes well, will take flight on Wednesday, July 13 (2016) for its first flight of the year.

Crews from Coulson Flying tankers spent more than an hour manoeuvering the waterbomber down a concrete ramp and into Sproat Lake on Tuesday afternoon (July 12, 2016). Kermit Weeks, an aerobatic pilot and owner of Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida, filmed the entire process from a variety of angles.

The Philippine Mars, painted in a vintage blue US Navy scheme, was launched Monday morning. It will likely be brought back on land this week, a Coulson spokesperson said.

Crews will prepare the Hawaii Mars to fly on Wednesday in preparation for a trip to EAA AirVentures airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 25–31.

For an Alberni Valley News photo album on the Hawaii Mars launch, click here:

For videos and more coverage, follow us on Facebook at, or on Instagram @alberninews.


Just Posted

Alberni Pacific Railway temporarily halted

Technical Safety BC discovers ‘regulatory violations’

BCHL: Bulldogs see fourth straight loss at BCHL showcase

Alberni Valley Bulldogs on the road again this weekend

Port Alberni Black Sheep fall to Surrey Beavers in rugby action

Three tries late in the second half cemented the win for Beavers

Addiction should be treated, not criminalized, say health professionals

Port Alberni Shelter Society forum talks opioid crisis

‘Hello, 911? There’s a horse in my living room’

Sproat Lake firefighters called to ‘rescue’ quarter-horse from Alberni Valley house

Alberni Teens Can Rock band Stranger Than Fiction releases first single

Port Alberni group has been performing since 2016

Rattie scores 3 as Oilers blank Canucks 6-0

Vancouver slips to 1-5 in exhibition play

Veterans Affairs ordered to take second look before supporting vets’ relatives

Liberal government ordered officials to adopt a more critical eye

Dead B.C. motorcyclist was member of group that raced down mountain road

Some group members record their rides on Strathcona Parkway and post times to page

Indigenous athletes in spotlight at BC Sports Hall of Fame

New gallery to feature Carey Price, Kaila Mussel and Richard Peter

B.C. couple who went missing on flight from Edmonton named by family

Family released a statement Wednesday saying they’re still intent on finding the two-seater plane

VIDEO: A close look at what you were breathing during the B.C. wildfire season

Electron microscope images show soot and tar particles generated by worst B.C. fire season

Island man calls 911 after being robbed of his drugs

Nineteen-year-old and 15-year-old suspects face multiple charges following robbery Monday in Nanaimo

B.C. woman donates $250,000 to ovarian cancer research for friends

Two of Patty Pitts’s friends passed away from the disease within a year

Most Read