Iconic water bomber to become part of new exhibit
Photo credit: Coulson Aviation (flickr.com)

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What people are saying about the funding

Josie Osborne, MLA, Mid Island-Pacific Rim –

“Our government is pleased to provide this funding to support efforts in this community to save the Hawaii Martin Mars. I’m excited that this historic water bomber will be forever preserved at the British Columbia Aviation Museum, where its story and many aviation achievements can be showcased to ensure the legacy of this aircraft lives on through generations.”

Steve Nichol, president, British Columbia Aviation Museum –

“The museum's Save the Mars project has been years in the making. Now, with this provincial funding, we can begin the journey to bring this historic bomber to its final home. I am overjoyed at the prospect of not only preserving this vintage aircraft, but to be able to showcase its fascinating history as a B.C. aviation story. With approximately 20,000 visitors a year, our museum is the ideal place for the water bomber and an excellent opportunity to raise the profile of British Columbia’s aviation history.”

Wayne Coulson, owner, Coulson Aviation Tanker Base

“The Hawaii Martin Mars water bomber is an amazing aircraft. After this flight, you will probably never see one fly again. We are pleased to partner with the British Columbia Aviation Museum in this important endeavour.”

Paul Nursey, CEO, Destination Greater Victoria

“The Hawaii Martin Mars water bomber is a significant part of B.C.’s aviation history. It’s great news that action is being taken to preserve this iconic aircraft as a tourist attraction. We encourage visitors to Greater Victoria to make the British Columbia Aviation Museum part of their travel plans, so they can learn more about British Columbia’s aviation history.”