Video of Martin Mars’ drop in Vancouver today

Earlier today we told you that the Martin Mars air tanker would do a demonstration drop in Coal Harbor in Vancouver. Well, here’s the video proof. I had no idea it would be flying right next to skyscrapers. Turn up the SOUND so you can hear those big radial engines!


This was part of Forestry Day in downtown Vancouver. In addition to the Martin Mars, a Convair air tanker and a Bell 212 helicopter also participated.

Forests Minister Pat Bell was quoted as saying:

(British Columbia has) the largest forest industry anywhere in the world, and the demonstration of our air tanker fleet, I think, just shows what capacity we really have. It was impressive to see the amount of water coming down.

Ok, that’s enough airtankerporn for one day.

UPDATE Feb. 24, 2010

Since you insist, here’s another video of the Martin Mars scooping, dropping, and then mooring on the same day, Feb. 23, in the Fraser River at Steveston, just south of Vancouver. It did another demonstration at Steveston today.

Here are a couple of photos taken by Tony Walsh at the Steveston demo yesterday.

Martin Mars - Steveston - scooping

Martin Mars at anchor - Steveston

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Author: Bill Gabbert

After working full time in wildland fire for 33 years, he continues to learn, and strives to be a Student of Fire.