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Consolidated PBY Catalina

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The prototype PBY (the XP3Y-1) first flew in 1935 and was a significant improvement over the patrol flying-boats then in service.  Its extended range and load-carrying capability prompted the Navy to create the Patrol-Bomber category.

In 1939, the PBY-5 was introduced with retractable wheeled landing gear so the Catalina could operate as an amphibian.

The Catalina served in the U.S. Navy, Soviet Navy and the British, Canadian and Australian Royal Air Forces in World War II.  The PBY was used for scouting, submarine patrol, search and rescue and transportation.  The U.S. Army used the Catalina under the designation OA-10.

The PBY Catalina was known as the Canso in Canada.

 Specifications (PBY-5A)  Designations
Type: Patrol/Bomber
Engines: two 1,200 hp (895 kW) Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasps
P3Y: U.S. Navy Patrol
PBY: U.S. Navy Patrol-Bomber
OA-10: U.S. Army Observation-Amphibian
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page updated 17 February 2008



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