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Coulson Aviation Donates Hawaii Mars Flying Tanker to BC Aviation Museum

Long-Lived Flying Boat Finds a Home to Retire After a very long life as a working bird, firefighting operator Coulson Aviation is putting its Hawaii Mars out to pasture, donating the historic aircraft to the BC Aviation Museum. The aircraft has been a very high-profile example of WWII flying boat technology, cutting a gargantuan figure everywhere it goes. Now, however, increasing maintenance costs, insurance requirements, and fuel burn have all intersected to make a convincing case for retirement. The Hawaii Mars was one of 4 such aircraft sold into the Pacific Northwest’s timber industry, where they began working as flying tankers to safeguard forestry from raging wildfires.

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