What was the PBY Catalina used for?

What was the PBY Catalina used for?

The amphibious Consolidated PBY Catalina was a versatile, highly-effective military aircraft before, during and after WWII. They were used in anti-submarine warfare, bombing missions, convoy escort duties, search-and-rescue missions, and cargo transport.

Are there any PBY Catalina still flying?

Surprisingly, the world’s oldest flying PBY Catalina cannot be found in the USA or Canada, but rather in the Netherlands, where she is lovingly flown and maintained by the Catalina Foundation, or ‘Stichting Exploitatie Catalina PBY’ for full.

Where can I see a PBY Catalina?

The PBY Catalina on Display in Oak Harbor on Whidbey Island.

What happened Consolidated Aircraft?

In March 1953, General Dynamics purchased a majority interest in Convair, where it continued to produce aircraft or aircraft components until being sold to McDonnell Douglas in 1994. McDonnell Douglas shut down the division after just two years of operations in 1996.

Is the Martin Mars still flying?

Martin Mars water bomber comes to B.C. It last flew in 2016 and is currently in Sproat Lake near Port Alberni, B.C. “It may not be fighting fires anymore but it certainly is a very unique piece of history from the 1940s,” said Platinum Fighter Sales co-owner John Rayner.

Who made the PBY Catalina?

Consolidated AircraftConsolidated PBY Catalina / Manufacturer

What is a PBY Catalina?

The Consolidated PBY Catalina is a flying boat and amphibious aircraft that was produced in the 1930s and 1940s. In Canadian service it was known as the Canso. It was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II.

When was the PBY-5A Catalina built?

A version of the PBY-5A Catalina, this aircraft was built in 1944 for the Royal Canadian Air Force Canadian Vickers built version of the PBY-5A, 380 built including 150 to the Royal Canadian Air Force as the Canso-A and the rest to the USAAF as the OA-10A.

What is the best book about the PBY Catalina flying boat?

PBY: The Catalina Flying Boat. Annapolis, Maryland: US Naval Institute Press, 1986. ISBN 0-87021-526-4. Crocker, Mel. Black Cats and Dumbos: WW II’s Fighting PBYs. Huntington Beach, California: Crocker Media Expressions, 2002. ISBN 0-9712901-0-5. Dorny, Louis B. US Navy PBY Catalina Units of the Pacific War.

What is the best book about the Consolidated Vultee Catalina?

“The Consolidated Vultee Model 28 Catalina.” Jane’s Fighting Aircraft of World War II. London: Studio, 1946. ISBN 1-85170-493-0. Cacutt, Len, ed. “PBY Catalina: Ocean Patroller.” Great Aircraft of the World.