Coulson had both Martin Mars aircraft in the water this week

Coulson has been working on both of their Martin Mars aircraft, the Hawaii Mars and the Philippine Mars. At one point this week both of them were floating in Sproat Lake adjacent to the Coulson facility for the flying boats. The company has repainted the Philipine Mars. It no longer has the red and white … Continue reading “Coulson had both Martin Mars aircraft in the water this week”

Martin Mars to participate at Oshkosh 2016

The organizers of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2016 announced that the Martin Mars flying boat airtanker is scheduled to participate in their 64th annual Experimental Aircraft Association fly-in convention, July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. During the event, the massive airplane will be parked near the EAA Seaplane Base on Lake Winnebago a few … Continue reading “Martin Mars to participate at Oshkosh 2016”

Documentary on the Martin Mars air tankers

This seven-minute documentary on the Martin Mars air tankers appears to have been produced years ago, but it is very well done. The two Martin Mars aircraft, the Philippine Mars and the Hawaii Mars now owned by Coulson, were converted to water scooping air tankers and are not amphibious like the CL-215/415 — they always have … Continue reading “Documentary on the Martin Mars air tankers”

Wayne Coulson, on the Martin Mars and their C-130

AirInsight recorded a very interesting audio interview today with Wayne Coulson, the CEO of Coulson Flying Tankers. Most of the interview covered the history of their two Martin Mars aircraft, the Philippine Mars and the Hawaii Mars, but he also discussed their C-130Q air tanker that carries 4,000 gallons of fire retardant. You can listen to it … Continue reading “Wayne Coulson, on the Martin Mars and their C-130”

Coulson loses B.C. contract for Martin Mars

The Coulson Company announced that they no longer have a contract with the government of British Columbia for their water-dropping Martin Mars amphibious air tanker. The 7,000-gallon aircraft has been helping firefighters suppress fires for 53 years, and has dropped over 8,000 loads. Built in the 1940s, it was converted into an air tanker with … Continue reading “Coulson loses B.C. contract for Martin Mars”

Chinese pilots to train in Canada to fly new amphibious air tanker

Chinese pilots will be training in Canada to fly the new TA-600 amphibious aircraft now being built in China by the Aviation Industry Corporation of China. Britton Coulson of The Coulson Group said their company will be training 14 test pilots during two weeks in late July who will be the first to fly the … Continue reading “Chinese pilots to train in Canada to fly new amphibious air tanker”