Consolidated PBY Catalina PDF eBook & Aircraft Flight Manuals

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February 1972

  • Mount of the Striking Eagles, the F4B-4
  • Flying the Yellow Peril
  • The Iron Works Gang, Grumman’s F4F Wildcat
  • The Ghost of the Coronado, The Ultimate Patrol Bomber
  • The Von Richthofen Legend
  • Dean of the Red Bombers, Four Decades with A.N. Tupolev

April 1975

  • P-Boat, Part 1 of Consolidated PBY Catalina story
  • Thunder & Lightning, Macchi Fighters
  • Locklear, the Man Who Walked On Air

May 1975

  • P-Boat, Part II of Consolidated PBY Catalina story
  • Dive Bombers For Sale, the French Vindicator
  • Born To Lose, North American’s XB-28 bomber
  • Old One Hundred, Veteran F4B in Disguise
  • Formations, a classic gallery wingtip to wingtip
  • C’est Beau! Revell’s Bristol Beaufighter

September 1994

  • Consolidated PBY Catalina, Queen of the Navy’s Long Range Patrol Bombers
  • A Pantheon of the World’s Great Aviation Pioneers and the Planes They Flew

November 1994

  • The PBY Catalina Goes To War, from the Arctic to the South Pacific
  • Classic PBY Patrol Bomber in Combat

Manuals & Photos

  • OA-10 Basic Weight Check List & Loading Data 1944
  • PB2B-1 Preliminary Pilot’s Handbook 1943
  • PBY Catalina Pilot & Flight Engineers Notes 1943
  • PBY-5 Erection Maintenance 1945
  • PBY-5 Handbook of Structural Repair 1945
  • PBY-5 Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions 1944
  • PBY-5A Pilot’s Flight Operating Instructions 1945
  • PBY-5A Pilot’s Handbook 1945
  • PBY-6A Pilot’s Handbook 1944
  • PBY-6A Pilot’s Handbook 1948
  • Over 900 PBY Catalina photos!

Consolidated PBY Catalina

  • PBY-5A Specifications
  • Variants
  • On Display
  • Cutaway

General Characteristics

  • Crew: 10 – pilot, co-pilot, bow turret gunner, flight engineer, radio operator, navigator, radar operator, two waist gunners, ventral gunner
  • Length: 63 ft 10 7/16 in (19.46 m)
  • Wingspan: 104 ft 0 in (31.70 m)
  • Height: 21 ft 1 in (6.15 m)
  • Wing area: 1,400 ft² (130 m²)
  • Empty weight: 20,910 lb (9,485 kg)
  • Max. takeoff weight: 35,420 lb (16,066 kg)
  • Zero-lift drag coefficient: 0.0309
  • Drag area: 43.26 ft² (4.02 m²)
  • Aspect ratio: 7.73
  • Powerplant: 2 × Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp radial engines, 1,200 hp (895 kW) each


  • Maximum speed: 196 mph (314 km/h)
  • Cruise speed: 125 mph (201 km/h)
  • Range: 2,520 mi (4,030 km)
  • Service ceiling: 15,800 ft (4,000 m)
  • Rate of climb: 1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 25.3 lb/ft² (123.6 kg/m²)
  • Power/mass: 0.034 hp/lb (0.056 kW/kg)
  • Lift-to-drag ratio: 11.9


  • 3 .30 cal (7.62 mm) machine guns (two in nose turret, one in ventral hatch at tail)
  • 2 .50 cal (12.7 mm) machine guns (one in each waist blister)
  • 4,000 lb (1,814 kg) of bombs or depth charges; torpedo racks were also available

US Navy

Prototype Model 28 flying boat later re-designated XPBY-1, one built (USN Bureau No. 9459). Later fitted with a 48-foot-diameter (15 m) ring to sweep magnetic sea mines. A 550 hp Ranger engine drove a generator to produce a magnetic field.
Prototype version of the Model 28 for the United States Navy, a re-engined XP3Y-1 with two 900 hp R-1830-64 engines, one built.
PBY-1 (Model 28-1)
Initial production variant with two 900 hp R-1830-64 engines, 60 built.
PBY-2 (Model 28-2)
Equipment changes and improved performance, 50 built.
PBY-3 (Model 28-3)
Powered by two 1,000 hp R-1830-66 engines, 66 built.
PBY-4 (Model 28-4)
Powered by two 1,050 hp R-1830-72 engines, 33 built (including one initial as a XPBY-4 which later became the XPBY-5A).
PBY-5 (Model 28-5)
Either two 1,200 hp R-1830-82 or ?92 engines and provision for extra fuel tanks (with partial self-sealing protection). 683 built (plus one built at New Orleans), some aircraft to the RAF as the Catalina IVA and one to the United States Coast Guard. The PBY-5 was also built in the Soviet Union as the GST.
One PBY-4 converted into an amphibian and first flown in November 1939.
PBY-5A (Model 28-5A)
Amphibious version of the PBY-5 with two 1,200 hp R-1830-92 engines, first batch (of 124) had one 0.3in bow gun, the remainder had two bow guns; 803 built including diversions to the United States Army Air Forces, the RAF (as the Catalina IIIA) and one to the United States Coast Guard.
Amphibious version with two 1,200 hp R-1830-92 engines and a taller fin and rudder. Radar scanner fitted above cockpit and two 0.5 in nose guns; 175 built including 21 transferred to the Soviet Navy.
One PBY-6A used by the United States Coast Guard as a staff transport.
Boeing Canada built PBY-5 for the RAF and RCAF from 1942. 240 built.
Boeing Canada built version of the PBY-5 but with the taller fin of the PBN-1. 67 built. Most supplied to the RAF as the Catalina VI.
PBN-1 Nomad
Naval Aircraft Factory built version of the PBY-5 with major modification including a 2ft bow extension, modified hull lines with a modified step, re-designed wingtip floats and tail surfaces and a revised electrical system. A total of 155 were built for delivery to the RAF as the Catalina V although 138 were Lend-Leased to the Soviet Navy as the KM-1
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.


United States Army Air Forces designation for PBY-5A, 105 built; 58 aircraft survivors re-designated A-10 in 1948.
USAAF designation of Canadian Vickers-built version of the PBV-1A, 230 built. Survivors re-designated A-10A in 1948. Three additional aircraft from Navy in 1949 as A-10As.
USAAF designation of PBY-6A, 75 built. Re-designated A-10B in 1948.


Catalina I
Direct purchase aircraft for the Royal Air Force, same as the PBY-5 with six 0.303 in guns (one in bow, four in waist blisters and one aft of the hull step) and powered by two 1,200 hp R-1830-S1C3-G engines, 109 built.
Catalina IA
Operated by the Royal Canadian Air Force as the Canso, 14 built.
Catalina IB
Lend-lease PBY-5Bs for the RAF, 225 aircraft built.
Catalina II
Equipment changes, six built.
Catalina IIA
Vickers-Canada built Catalina II for the RAF, 50 built.
Catalina IIIA
Former U.S. Navy PBY-5As used by the RAF on the North Atlantic Ferry Service, 12 aircraft. These were the only amphibians that saw RAF service.
Catalina IVA
Lend-lease PBY-5s for the RAF, 93 aircraft.
Catalina IVB
Lend-lease PB2B-1s for the RAF, some to the Royal Australian Air Force.
Catalina VI
Lend-lease PB2B-2s for the RAF, some to the RAAF.


RCAF designation for PBV-1A

Other Users

Soviet built version of the PBY-5 (“Gydro Samoliot Transportnyi”).
Steward-Davis Super Catalina (“Super Cat”)
Catalina converted to use 1,700 hp Wright R-2600 Cyclone 14 engines, with enlarged rudder and other changes.
Avalon Turbo Canso
Proposed turboprop conversion of Canso water bombers, powered by two Rolls-Royce Dart engines.

Status Codes: D = Display / A = Airworthy / S = Stored / R = Under restoration

Model Serial Identity Status Current Location
Owner / Airport Town Region Country
PBY-5A 2459 16-218 (MLD) A Stichting Exploitatie Catalina PH-PBY, Lelystad Airport Lelystad Flevoland Netherlands
PBY-5A 5021 CF-HFL R Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum Halifax Nova Scotia Canada
PBY-5A 8109 48382 (RNoAF) D Flyhistorisk Museum, Sola Stavanger Rogaland Norway
PBY-5 8272 A24-46 (RAAF) S Whaleworld Albany Western Australia Australia
PBY-5 8317 8317 D National Naval Aviation Museum(NAS Pensacola) Pensacola Florida United States
PBY-5A 33966 N3936A S Kermit Weeks, Fantasy of Flight Polk City Florida United States
PBY-5A 33968 N84857 R PBY Memorial Foundation Museum Oak Harbor Washington United States
PBY-5A 33993 434033 (USAAF) R McChord Air Museum (McChord Field) Lakewood Washington United States
PBY-5A 34027 N9505C D Comanche Air Ephrata Washington United States
PB2B-2 44248 VH-ASA D The Powerhouse Museum Sydney New South Wales Australia
PBY-5A 46456 46456 R Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (Floyd Bennett Field) New York City New York United States
PBY-5A 46457 46457 D Rescue Museum (Kirtland AFB) Albuquerque New Mexico United States
PBY-5A 46522 46522 A Erickson Group Ltd / Tillamook Air Museum Tillamook Oregon United States
PBY-5A 46539 PB-505 (AURI) D Museum Dirgantara Mandala (TNI-AU Museum) (Adisucipto International Airport) Yogyakarta Java Indonesia
PBY-5A 46582 6582 (USN) D Naval Air Station Jacksonville Collection Jacksonville Florida United States
PBY-5A 46590 N68756 S Mark Pilkington Midland Texas United States
PBY-5A 46595 4433879 (USAAF) D National Museum of the United States Air Force(Wright-Patterson AFB) Dayton Ohio United States
PBY-5A 46596 DR.1-1 (SPAF) D Museo del Aire Madrid Community of Madrid Spain
PBY-5A 46602 46602 D National Naval Aviation Museum(NAS Pensacola) Pensacola Florida United States
PBY-5A 46624 N9502C D Aviation Heritage Museum Perth Western Australia Australia
PBY-6A 46643 6552 (FAB) D Brazilian Air Force(Belém Air Base) Belém Pará Brazil
PBY-6A 46644 VH-EAX A Qantas Founders Outback Museum(Longreach Airport) Longreach Queensland Australia
(PBY-5A tail)
46645 FP535 (RAF) D Norwegian Aviation Museum(Bodø Airport) Bodø Nordland Norway
(PBY-5A tail)
46655 C-FIZU D Government of Newfoundland and Labrador St. Anthony Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
PBY-6A 46662 N4NC A Wilson C Edwards Big Spring Texas United States
PBY-6A 46665 VH-CAT R The Catalina Flying Memorial Ltd. (Bankstown Airport) City of Bankstown New South Wales Australia
PBY-6A 46679 A24-362 (RAAF) A Historical Aircraft Restoration Society Illawarra Regional Airport New South Wales Australia
PBY-5A 48287 N287 R Cavanaugh Air LLC Addison Texas United States
PBY-5A 48294 N9521C A Training Services Inc TA (Military Aviation Museum) Virginia Beach Virginia United States
PBY-5A 48317 16-212 (MLD) S Nationaal Militair Museum Soesterberg Utrecht Netherlands
PBY-5A 48334 N74821 D Classic Flyers Museum Tauranga Bay of Plenty Region New Zealand
PBY-5A 48352 A24-88 R Australian National Aviation Museum(Moorabbin Airport) Melbourne Victoria Australia
PBY-5A 48375 N96UC R World’s Greatest Aircraft Collection Polk City Florida United States
PBY-5A 48406 48406 D San Diego Air & Space Museum(Balboa Park) San Diego California United States
PBY-5A 48412 N7238Z R Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association City of Lake Macquarie New South Wales Australia
PBY-5A 48423 JV928 A Southern Aircraft Consultancy (North Weald Airfield Museum) North Weald Essex United Kingdom
PBY-5A 48426 48426 A Carmacks Commercial Corp (Palm Springs Air Museum) Palm Springs California United States
PBY-6A 63993 L-866 (RDAF) D Royal Air Force Museum Cosford Cosford Shropshire United Kingdom
PBY-6A 64017 N285RA R Israeli Air Force Museum (Hatzerim Airbase) Beersheba Southern District Israel
PBY-6A 64035 L-861 (RDAF) D Danish Aviation Museum Helsingør North Zealand Denmark
PBY-6A 64054 HK-2115P S Privat Cloppenburg Lower Saxony Germany
(PBY-5A tail)
64064 EC-FMC R John Sterling Ocaña Province of Toledo Spain
PBY-6A 64072 N7057C A American Airpower Museum Farmingdale New York United States
PBY-6A 64092 N324FA R Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Duluth Minnesota United States
PBY-6A 64097 N7179Y R Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Saint Paul Minnesota United States
PBY-6A 64107 N9825Z R Frederick C Peterson Moses Lake Washington United States
OA-10A 44-33954 N57875 R Alaska Aviation Heritage Museum Anchorage Alaska United States
OA-10A 44-33972 N483CV R Flying Cat Aviation Sanford Maine United States
OA-10A 44-34009 405 (FACh) D Museo Nacional Aeronáutico y del Espacio de Chile Santiago Santiago Province Chile
OA-10A 44-34037 N2763A R C F Nichols, Yanks Air Museum Chino California United States
OA-10A 44-34081 VH-SBV D Air Force Museum of New Zealand(Wigram Aerodrome) Christchurch Canterbury New Zealand
OA-10A 44-34085 CC-CDT A Ibero Chilena de Aviación Santiago Santiago Province Chile
OA-10A 44-34094 E1497 (RCAF) D The Town of Botwood Botwood Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
28-5AMC/Canso A 9742 N68740 D Pima Air & Space Museum Tucson Arizona United States
28-5AMC/Canso A 9746 N5PY R Ron Ruble Aurora Oregon United States
28-5AMC/Canso A 9750 N206M R Black Cat Aviation Greybull Wyoming United States
Canso A 9752 6527 (FAB) D Museu Aeroespacial (Afonsos Air Force Base) Rio de Janeiro Rio de Janeiro Brazil
Canso A 9767 N9767 A Catalina Air Trust (CAT) Paris Île-de-France France
Canso A 9810 47001 (SwAF) D Swedish Air Force Museum (Malmen Airbase) Linköping Östergötland County Sweden
Canso A 9815 C-FNJB R Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum McMinnville Oregon United States
Canso A 9830 C-FPQK D Fondation Aerovision Quebec/Quebec Air & Space Museum Saint-Hubert Quebec Canada
Canso A 9837 C-FCRP D North Atlantic Aviation Museum Gander Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
Canso A 9838 N4934H D Historic Aviation Memorial Museum Tyler Texas United States
Canso A 11005 433915 (USAAF) A Catalina Aircraft Ltd (Duxford Aerodrome) Duxford Cambridgeshire United Kingdom
Canso A 11024 C-FUAW A Pacific Flying Boats North Saanich British Columbia Canada
Canso A 11042 31-P-5 (USN) A Athenian Airlift Services Athens Attica Greece
Canso A 11047 N413PB A Hans Lauridsen Glendale Arizona United States
Canso A 11054 NZ4017 (RNZAF) A The New Zealand Catalina Preservation Society Auckland Auckland Region New Zealand
Canso A 11060 A24-104 (RAAF) D RAAF Museum(RAAF Williams) Melbourne Victoria Australia
Canso A 11074 N222FT A Wilson C Edwards Big Spring Texas United States
Canso A 11084 9754 (RCAF) A Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport) Hamilton Ontario Canada
Canso A 11087 11087 (RCAF) D Canada Aviation and Space Museum (Ottawa/Rockcliffe Airport) Ottawa Ontario Canada
Canso A 11088 C-FPQM A Exploits Valley Air Services Gander Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
Canso A 11089 N427CV A Greatest Generation Naval Museum (Gillespie Field) El Cajon California United States
Canso A 11091 C-FNJC D Government of Newfoundland and Labrador Goose Bay Newfoundland and Labrador Canada
Canso A 11093 CF-NJL S David Dorosh / Gananoque Airport Gananoque Ontario Canada
Canso A 11094 C-FNJE A Fairview Aircraft Restoration Society (FARS) Fairview Alberta Canada
Catalina I FP216 (RAF) (none) D National Naval Aviation Museum(NAS Pensacola) Pensacola Florida United States
PBY-5 53602 53602 (FAE) D Museo Aeronáutico de la Fuerza Aérea (Old Mariscal Sucre International Airport) Quito Pichincha Province Ecuador
PBY-5 unknown A24-30 (RAAF) D Catalina Memorial Park (Lake Boga Flying Boat Base) Lake Boga Victoria