Consolidated PBY Catalina

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Consolidated Catalina
A small number of Catalina aircraft survives, including this beautiful example flying in The Netherlands.


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Consolidated PBY Catalina

The Consolidated Catalina is the most famous of all amphibians and seaplanes. The first flight was on 28 March 1935 and it was built in six main variants: PBY-1 to PBY-6. the type was extensively used by the US Navy during World War II for search and rescue, anti-submarine warfare, reconnaissance, attack and freight and mail services. About 2,500 were built and 380 were transferred to the USAAF as OA-10. A small number of the aircraft still survives.


Catalina Flying Boat

Among the duties of the Catalina were reconnaissance and patrol. (US Navy)

Consolidated Catalina

I have seen only very few Catalina's. This example was in Royal Air Force colours during an air show at Rotterdam Zestienhoven Airport in the early 1980's.