Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Martin Mars Water Bomber

Martin Mars Water Bomber

While we were in Port Alberni, British Columbia, we decided to take a quick trip out to see if the Martin Mars water bombers were in town. Mike Fitton and I had both seen the same Discovery Channel show Mighty Planes, featuring the above flying boat. Mike knew the old aircraft was based near Port Alberni. It turned out that the plane was indeed at the base on Sproat Lake, about 10 minutes west of Port Alberni. Unfortunately for us we were about 2 days early for the opening of the base to the public. So, we’ll have to come back another time to see the second largest flying boat (after The Spruce Goose) and the largest commercially operated flying boat in the world. If you click through on the Mighty Planes link above, it will take you to their website where you can view the show online. If you click on the image you’ll go to the Flickr page, where you can view an even larger image!

This image is a composite panorama made from 3 overlapping shots with my Nikon D300s and my Nikkor 70-200,

In the best light …


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