Martin Mars finds new home at North Saanich’s BC Aviation Museum

The B.C. authorities offered a $250,000 grant for the airplane to ‘defend and protect’ it

The Hawaii Martin Mars, well-known for placing out fires with a single flyover, will discover its new dwelling at North Saanich’s BC Aviation Museum within the fall.

“You possibly can see the DNA of the Mars story runs by means of this Island,” stated Richard Mosdell, Save the Mars venture lead.

The 60-by-36-metre Martin Mars will fly down the east coast of the Island earlier than it arrives on the Victoria Airport for its remaining resting place.

“It’s going to do airplane yoga round all of the buildings, throughout the airport runway in the midst of the night time,” he stated.

On Thursday (March 28), the B.C. authorities offered a $250,000 grant to “defend and protect” the airplane that had been instrumental in defending the forests of the West Coast. The water bomber’s remaining flight to the Saanich Inlet beside Victoria Worldwide Airport from Coulson Aviation Tanker Base on Sproat Lake in Port Alberni is anticipated to happen in October 2024.

Initially, the airplane was used to hold troops over the Pacific Islands to the Korean Warfare, earlier than discovering its subsequent function as a water bomber.

“It dropped an enormous quantity of water, extra water than has ever been dropped earlier than. After which they retired in 2015.”

Mosdell stated he had fallen in love with the airplane and that seeing the airplane overhead at all times gave him a way of security.

“My dad and I related over our love of this plane.”

The water bomber was the largest operational flying boat on the planet, in accordance with the museum’s president Steve Nichol.

“It’s now out of date, and it wanted a brand new dwelling – and the BC Aviation Musem will present that new dwelling,” he stated.

Though the exhibit is just not but open to the general public, Nichol stated it will likely be accessible at its new location, permitting individuals to see the Hawaii Martin Mars up shut.

The airplane, Mosdell stated, is similar dimension as a Boeing 747, and lots of teams have tried to deliver it to the museum however have discovered it too tough.

“One of the best puzzles on the planet to determine are the toughest. And we figured it out.”

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