Watch the Hawaii Mars launch onto Sproat Lake

The Martin Mars waterbomber gets wet for the first time in 2016.

Launching a Martin Mars waterbomber from land at the bomber base into the water at Sproat Lake, BC, takes quite a bit of coordination. It also takes about 90 minutes to get the plane into the water.

With a length of 100 feet, a wing span of 200 feet and a gross weight of 79, 378 kilograms (175,000 pounds), crews take their time to ensure the aircraft’s nose is pointed straight down the ramp into the water.


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