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The world’s last two Martin Mars are operated by Coulson Flying Tankers based at Sproat Lake, near Port Alberni on Vancouver Island. Built just as WWII came to end, the two Mars are highly effective fire fighting aircraft that have worked the BC coast since the late 1950s. Being the world’s last operational examples of the great flying boat era, the Mars attract attention everywhere.
In January, 2008, Hawaii Mars C-FLYL was based in Vancouver Harbour for the annual Truck Loggers convention held at Canada Place. The Mars flew daily wowing crowds with a water drop right in front of Canada Place attracting extensive media coverage.
Airline videographer Henry Tenby had exclusive access and filmed this historic visit using broadcast cameras. This DVD features an amazing flightdeck ride from start to end with live ATC. The video camera was anchored down for top quality video capture. This DVD also features TV news reports, a company promo, interviews, and plenty of exterior footage. Two bonus tracks feature the complete day one arrival at Vancouver Harbour and the complete engine warm up sequence (filmed onboard). A must-have DVD for propliner fans!
Chapter 1) The Mighty Mars (company promo)
Chapter 2) Arrival Jan 15/08 (exterior footage)
Chapter 3) TV news Jan 16/08
Chapter 4) Pre-flight on boat
Chapter 5) Pre-flight engine check
Chapter 6) Captain Steve Wall
Chapter 7) Captain Bob Dyck
Chapter 8) Pre-start checks
Chapter 9) Starting engines
Chapter 10) Warming engines
Chapter 11) Engine run ups
Chapter 12) Take-off
Chapter 13) Scooping water
Chapter 14) Water drop
Chapter 15) Landing Coal Harbour
Chapter 16) Taxi in
Chapter 17) City TV News Jan 17/08
Chapter 18) Jim Messer on Global TV Jan 17/08
Chapter 19) End credits Chapter 20) Bonus track – raw footage of arrival Jan 15/08
Chapter 21) Bonus track – raw footage of complete engine warm up
Chapter 22) DVD previews
Total running time of: 86 minutes
4X3 screen format
This DVD is available in NTSC region-free format (which will work on all current European DVD players).