Fabled water bomber once used to fight B.C. wildfires being sold for $5 million

One of the most famous planes in B.C.’s history, a Martin Mars water bomber used to carry and drop vast amounts of water on wildfires, is for sale for $5 million.

“The opportunity to purchase and preserve a unique part of aviation history is now available for the discerning buyer, or donor,” says the listing from the California-based seller, Platinum Fighter Sales.

The signature red and white plane, beloved by many throughout the province, was brought into service in the late 1950s as a powerful solution to the province’s wildfires.

The massive air tanker was built as a transport plane for the U.S. Navy in 1946, and is one of the largest fixed-wing

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