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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 filming access to this historic visit. This DVD starts with a company promo followed by exterior pro-shot video of the Martin Mars performing its demo flight in Vancouver Harbour from start to end. Next is an amazing flightdeck ride (different footage than DVD Part 1) with live capture roaring engine audio (instead of ATC). Then F/E Roy Copeland takes us on a fascinating on-board tour of the Mars at Sproat Lake. A must-have DVD for propliner fans!
Chapter 1) The Mighty Mars (company promo)
Chapter 2) Engine start
Chapter 3) Engine warm ups
Chapter 4) Take-off
Chapter 5) Water scoop
Chapter 6) Water drop
Chapter 7) Landing Coal Harbour
Chapter 8) Taxi in
Chapter 9) City TV News Jan 17/08
Chapter 10) Engine start (on board)
Chapter 11) Engine run ups (on board)
Chapter 12) Take-off (on board)
Chapter 13) Water scoop (on board)
Chapter 14) Water drop (on board)
Chapter 15) Landing Coal Harbour
Chapter 16) Taxi in
Chapter 17) Martin Mars tour at Sproat Lake with Roy Copeland
Chapter 18) Flightdeck tour
Chapter 19) End credits Chapter 20) DVD previews
Total running time of: 100 minutes
4X3 screen format
This DVD is available in NTSC region-free format (which will work on all current European DVD players).