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World War Two: Consolidated Catalina PBY-5a (Canso)

During the Second World War, the RNZAF operated a total of 56 Catalina flying boats. None of these aircraft were of the amphibious type as is ZK-PBY, but this Canadian built example is painted to represent one of the flying boats operated in the Pacific Theatre.

 

Noteworthy for its extremely long range, the Catalina crews often spent up to 12 hours in the air at a time, covering hundreds of miles of open sea.

BankingThe two New Zealand 'Cat' squadrons had little success as maritime patrol bombers, however they did achieve considerable success in the air-sea rescue role.

During the campaign in the Solomons, RNZAF Cats were stationed at strategic sites throughout the islands, ready to take off whenever they were needed.

Not only did they rescue many allied airmen from the sea, but their mere presence helped to keep up the morale of other aircrew, who knew they had a good chance of being rescued if they had to 'ditch' into the sea.

A truly elegant aircraft, this is currently the only airworthy Catalina in Australasia, and is lovingly maintained by the Catalina Group of New Zealand - see their web site for many more details about the Catalina in New Zealand service.

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Air-to-air video of the Catalina.

 

Airshow display.

 

Another air-to-air video.

 

More air-to-air video of the aircraft.

 

PBY DVD

More footage (over two hours) of the Catalina can be found on our DVD:

Catalina PBY-5a Video Scrapbook

 

ENJOY JUST THE SOUND OF THE ENGINES

Most of the clips on this disk feature NO narration so you can enjoy the sound of the aircraft. A few clips have a second audio track with some narration.

 

 

 

 

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For more info see:

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Wikipedia

Catalina Group of NZ

 

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