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Consolidated Model 2-5AMC Canso A (PBY-5A Catalina)

A picture of the Consolidated Model 2-5AMC Canso (PBY-5A Catalina)

The Consolidated PBY Catalina is the most successful flying-boat operated by the United States Navy during World War II and it is also the most produced flying boat in the world with more than 3000 being built in the United States, Canada, and the Soviet Union.  The Catalina was ordered by the U.S. Navy in 1933 and the prototype flew for the first time in 1935.  The PBY was used extensively by all the major Allied nations for anti-submarine, maritime patrol, and air-sea rescue duties.  The PBY-5A version of the aircraft introduced an amphibious capability to the Catalina allowing it to takeoff from either land or water.  Once they left military service many Catalinas were bought for civilian use and could be found all around the world as everything from private luxury flying yachts to firefighting aircraft.

Wingspan

104 ft

Length

63 ft 10 in.

Height

20 ft 2 in.

Weight

35,420 lbs (loaded)

Maximum Speed

175 MPH

Service Ceiling

13,000 ft

Range

2,350 miles

Engines

Two Pratt & Whitney R1830-92 engines with 1,200 horsepower each

Crew

7 to 9

Manufacturer
Consolidated

Markings
Royal Canadian Air Force, No. 5 (BR) Squadron, 1944

Designation
PBY-5A

Registration
N68740

Serial Number
9742

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