A small crowd gathered at the Coulson Flying Tankers bomber base to watch the Hawaii Mars take her first dip of the year.
Crews from Coulson Flying tankers spent more than an hour manoeuvering the waterbomber down a concrete ramp and into Sproat Lake on Tuesday afternoon (July 12, 2016). Kermit Weeks, an aerobatic pilot and owner of Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida, filmed the entire process from a variety of angles.
The Philippine Mars, painted in a vintage blue US Navy scheme, was launched Monday morning. It will likely be brought back on land this week, a Coulson spokesperson said.
Crews will prepare the Hawaii Mars to fly on Wednesday in preparation for a trip to EAA AirVentures airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 25–31.