Video: flying the world’s largest seaplane

When you hear seaplane you might think of a Piper Cub on floats. On the other end of the spectrum is the massive Martin Mars, a 90,000 lb. flying boat with a wingspan of 200 feet. Incredibly, this World War II vintage airplane is still flying, and in this video you’ll get to ride along as a dedicated team of pilots and mechanics flies the airplane into EAA Oshkosh.  It’s a unique way to arrive at the world’s largest fly-in.

Video courtesy of Kermit Weeks Hangar.

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Coming from an aviation family, John grew up in the back of small airplanes and learned to fly as a teenager. Ever since, he has been hooked on anything with wings and regularly flies a Citabria, a Pilatus PC-12 and a Robinson R44 helicopter. He is an ATP and also holds ratings for multiengine, seaplanes, gliders, and helicopters. In addition to being Editor-in-Chief of Air Facts, John is a Vice President at Sporty’s Pilot Shop, responsible for new product development and marketing.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Wow! All I can say is wow. All thru the video I couldn’t help myself from saying WOW. Looks like that Mars had to be flown every inch of the way though she looked fairly easy on the controls. Does the engineer have enough to do?

  2. I did most of my flight training in Victoria B.C. Onetime I was driving from Tofino to Victoria with few layover stops on the way. Unfortunately, I do not remember the name of this lake I went to. There were few Martin Mars moored to the aerodrome harbour. They looked gigantic, impressive and beautiful. They were in the same colours you have shown in the video clip. I enquired and discovered, they were used for ‘Water Bombing’. I did get a joyride in PBY-5 Catalina once during the start of the summer seasons when pilots do their refresher kind of thing. But the Martin Mars was amazing.
    If you can please send me the name of the spot where these airplanes are docked in B.C. I will appreciate.

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