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  • Consolidated PBY Catalina




    The Consolidated PBY Catalina is an American flying boat, and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s produced by Consolidated Aircraft.

    General Information

    The Catalina was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II. Catalinas served with every branch of the United States Armed Forces and in the air forces and navies of many other nations.


    During World War II, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escort, search and rescue missions (especially air-sea rescue), and cargo transport. The PBY was the most numerous aircraft of its kind, and the last military PBYs served until the 1980s. As of 2014, nearly 80 years after its first flight, the aircraft continues to fly as a waterbomber (or airtanker) in aerial firefighting operations in some parts of the world.


    The designation "PBY" was determined in accordance with the U.S. Navy aircraft designation system of 1922; PB representing "Patrol Bomber" and Y being the code assigned to Consolidated Aircraft as its manufacturer. Catalinas built by other manufacturers for the U.S. Navy were designated according to different manufacturer codes, thus Canadian Vickers-built examples were designated PBV, Boeing Canada examples PB2B (there already being a Boeing PBB) and Naval Aircraft Factory examples were designated PBN.


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    Crew: 10 – pilot, co-pilot, bow turret gunner, flight engineer, radio operator, navigator, radar operator, two waist gunners, ventral gunner
    63 ft 10 7/16 in (19.46 m)
    104 ft 0 in (31.70 m)
    21 ft 1 in (6.15 m)
    Wing Area:
    1,400 ft² (130 m²)
    Empty Weight:
    20,910 lb (9,485 kg)
    35,420 lb (16,066 kg)
    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)
    2,520 mi (4,030 km)
    Rate of Climb:
    1,000 ft/min (5.1 m/s)

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