MARTIN MARS BOOKS
The Mighty Water Bomber
A Children's Book
By Suzan Coulson, Illustrated by Dianne Bersea
Lots of children have enjoyed a visit to an airport or experienced the thrill of an airplane ride, but how many have had a gigantic red and white airplane, named Martin, for a best friend?
Well, for one little boy this was a dream come true. Whether he was hanging out on Martin’s 200-foot wing span and listening to Martin’s captivating stories of the past or Martin was towing him around on his wakeboard or they were having the world’s largest water fight, they were inseparable.
Join the adventure as you enter into the world of Martin the Marvellous Water Bomber. Meet his delightful and funny friends on the fire base and learn about his fascinating history both during World War Two and in his current job as the world’s largest water-scooping airplane.
Follow their friendship over the years as the little boy grows into a man and they prepare for their biggest adventure yet.
Available at these fine book stores:
TallTale Books - 795 Fort Street, Victoria B.C.
Kidsbooks on Broadway - 3083 West Broadway, Vancouver B.C.
Kidsbooks in Edgemont Village - 3040 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver B.C.
Kidsbooks in South Surrey - The Boulevard at South Point Exchange - 15033 - 32nd Ave, Surrey B.C.
Chapters Kelowna - Orchard Park, 2271 Harvey Avenue, Kelowna B.C.
Chapters Nanaimo - 3200 North Island Highway, Unit 14 & 15, Nanaimo B.C.
Also Available by contacting the Coulson Head Office at 250-724-7600 or by using the ORDER FORM
From 1945 US Navy Transport to 21st century initial attack firefighting
By Wayne Coulson & Steve Ginter
The Hawaii and Philippine Mars are still in action. They are US national treasures, serving the US Navy from 1945 to 1958. Starting their careers operating between the California Coast and Hawaiian Islands during the Second World War, these aircraft are the only two that still operate today in commercial air service.
Of the five Martin Mars originally built, only these two remain. They were converted to water bombers in 1960 by a consortium of five BC timber companies. Since 1960 these aircraft have operated out of beautiful Sproat Lake, Port Alberni, BC, fighting over 4,000 wildfires and dropping an impressive 7,200 gallons per load.
Coulson Group purchased these aviation giants in 2007 and received its first US mission in the firestorm of 2007 in San Diego county. In 2008 the aircraft worked in Northern California and was based out of Lake Shasta. The Hawaii Mars' performance proved to be safe, cost effective, and a highly productive asset to the fierce wildfires that continue to dominate the North American landscape.
Join us on a historical journey through 65 years of operations. Learn how the Hawaii Mars, equipped with new technology, is forging a new path for initial attack fire fighting.
Available by contacting the Coulson Head Office at 250-724-7600 or by using the ORDER FORM