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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

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

Performance

  • 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

Armament

  • 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

XP3Y-1
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.
XPBY-1
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.
XPBY-5A
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.
PBY-6A
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.
PBY-6AG
One PBY-6A used by the United States Coast Guard as a staff transport.
PB2B-1
Boeing Canada built PBY-5 for the RAF and RCAF from 1942. 240 built.
PB2B-2
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
PBV-1A
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.

USAAF

OA-10
United States Army Air Forces designation for PBY-5A, 105 built; 58 aircraft survivors re-designated A-10 in 1948.
OA-10A
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.
OA-10B
USAAF designation of PBY-6A, 75 built. Re-designated A-10B in 1948.

RAF

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

Canso-A
RCAF designation for PBV-1A

Other Users

GST
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

Designation Original serial Displayed 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-6A
(PBY-5A tail)
46645 FP535 (RAF) D Norwegian Aviation Museum(Bodø Airport) Bodø Nordland Norway
PBY-6A
(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-6A
(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