The Catalina is the most famous flying boat in the history of aviation. The “Cats” patrolled the huge expanses of ocean for enemy submarines and rescued thousands of downed airmen.
Following the attack on Pearl Harbor only three PBY’s that were on patrol remained operational. Production was soon extended and the Naval Aircraft Factory produced the last version PBN-1 Nomad. PBYs attacked the Japanese fleet approaching Midway.
Post war service included fire bomber, survey, airliner, sportsmen and even the famous oceanographer Jacques Cousteau. The PBY-5A was the first amphibious version with retractable landing gear.
While the Catalina was designed by Consolidated, our OA-10 was one of the PBY’s license and produced by Vickers. Serving with the AAF, this PBY flew with emergency rescue squadrons in the Pacific.
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First Produced: 1936
Number Built: 3,305
Armament: 3 x .30 caliber machine guns
2 x .50 caliber machine guns
4,000 lbs. of ordnance
Wing Area: 1,400 sq.ft.
Length: 63′ 10.5″
Height: 21′ 1″
Empty Weight: 20,910 lbs.
Gross Weight: 35,420 lbs.
Powerplant: 2 x P&W R1830 Twin Wasps
Thrust: 1,200 hp.
Cruise Speed: 125 mph.
Maximum Speed: 196 mph.
Range: 2,520 miles