Consolidated PB2Y-5R 'Coronado'

  Base model:PB2Y
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1935-1962
  Basic role:Patrol Bomber
  Modified Mission:Transport

  Length: 79' 3" 24.1 m
  Height:27' 6" 8.3 m
  Wingspan: 115' 35.0 m
  Wingarea: 1,780.0 sq ft 165.3 sq m
  Empty Weight: 40,935 lb 18,564 kg
  Gross Weight: 68,000 lb 30,839 kg

  No. of Engines: 4
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92

  Range: 1,490 miles 2,399 km
  Cruise Speed: 141 mph 227 km/h 122 kt
  Max Speed: 213 mph 342 km/h 184 kt
  Ceiling: 20,100 ft 6,126 m
Unarmed transport version

Examples of this type may be found at
National Museum of Naval AviationNAS PensacolaFlorida

PB2Y-5R on display

National Museum of Naval Aviation


Recent comments by our visitors
 Kenneth Weller
 Fithian, IL
As of this date June 4,2011, PB2Y- 7099 is completely refurbished and is on display in the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida.
It is a beautiful refurbished job and I urge any one to see it on display.
It is the only one in the entire world. Just today I had the distinct pleasure to see the plane with the only three remaining survivors in attendance. My brother,Jack Weller,the radioman, along with Leonard Cowan,the navigator, and Leonard Braswell, flight engineer. It was a historic occasion for all who attended the dedication as we were lucky enough to have gotten to go through the airplane. It is as beautiful on the inside as it is outside.
My hats' off to the ones who spent endless hours volunteering to finish such a historic aircraft and let us go inside to see their handywork.
06/04/2011 @ 12:18 [ref: 39185]
 bill plunk
 banning, CA
my father,lt.William Clay Plunk piloted pb2y I assume the 5R. I have pictures with a gun turrent on it. It had four engines. He was in the pacific, Phillipeans.
01/03/2009 @ 12:12 [ref: 23411]
 Kenneth Weller
 Fithian, IL
My brother, Jack Weller, was radioman on #7099 until his discharge from the navy in 1946. Before his time on #7099, he was in SBD "Dauntless" dive bombers during the retaking of the Phillipines and after that was on PB2Y #7175 which flew Admiral Halsey throughout the South Pacific. He was then transfered to #7099 for the remainder of his naval time.
In October of 2007,Jack along with Leonard Braswell and Leonard Cowan was summoned back to the Museum of Naval Aviation to make a video of their experiences on this particular aircraft. This video will accompany #7099 when it is completed for refurbishment and be on display inside the new planned addition to the museum. These three men will have a permanant part with the airplane they served so diligently.
This particular aircraft with Admiral Forrest P. Sherman aboard, was the very first plane to land in Tokyo Bay for the signing of the end of hostilities at the end of WWII.
I would urge every airplane enthusiast to make an effort to see this historic airplane when it is available to see. There is no other, it's the only remaining one in existance.
02/14/2008 @ 06:52 [ref: 19673]
 Robert Wilke
 Stuart, FL
Please accept my apology for the completely erronious information that I sent on 3/10. Relative to the PB2Y-5.
Bob Wilke
03/12/2005 @ 15:40 [ref: 9689]
 Robert Wilke
 Stuart, FL
Was pleased to find your information on the PBY 5R. I flew PBY-3s as transports in 1943 and 1944. Actually our planes were powered as your specs indicate with P&W 1830-92.
If this plane is actually a PBY 5 it would have P&W 2800s.
The performance would be considerably improved over the figures you indicate.
Always happy to find interested people doing good work preserving old aircraft and and the information and history that goes with them. Bob Wilke
03/10/2005 @ 16:45 [ref: 9672]
 John Cowan
 San Jose, CA
The plane at the museum was assigned to Nimitz's personal fleet of planes. My dad was the Chief Navigator on this plane for the last 2 years of the war. To the best of my knowledge, they never actually flew Admiral Nimitz. However, they did fly many VIP's to the signing of the Japanese Peace Treaty. I have my Dad's original navigator's charts to Tokyo from Saipan.
02/12/2005 @ 13:17 [ref: 9425]
 willie evans
 tampa, FL
I've visited ole # 7099 twice now.My stepfather,LtJG S.S.Savitski flew the sister ship # 7098 several times during his tour of duty during WW2.I have his log book in my position.
01/05/2003 @ 13:58 [ref: 6242]
 Chuck Rau
 Overland Park, KS
I was just at the National Museum of Naval Aviation in Pensacola on Sat 10/19/02.
I was told that not only was the Coronado from Howard Hughes, but it was a personal transport for Adm. Nimitz. They plan to pour a pad, mount the Coronado, add the wings and build a building around it. They had just received a donation for around $10,000,000 and they plan to add another 200,000+ sq ft to the existing museum.

10/22/2002 @ 13:00 [ref: 5926]
 David McClurkin
 Houston, TX
In late 1970 and early 1971, this old patrol plane was parked on what appeared to be an old seaplane base on the U. S. Naval Station in Long Beach. One day our group of sailors drove over to the minesweeping offices on the west side of the station. When I looked over at the old ramps and hangars, I was astonished to see the patrol plane sitting there by itself, completely intact, but apparently rotting away. I just couldn't believe an old WW2 plane like that was still sitting on a military base. It was the only plane in view.

In February of 1977, I drove down to Pensacola to see the Naval Aviation Museum. Once again I was astonished. There was this old corroded looking patrol plane with wings taken off. I just knew I had seen that before. I mentioned that to a museum worker and he told me they had shipped it to the museum by barge from Long Beach. He also explained that Howard Hughes had used it for practice in preparation for flying the Spruce Goose.

When I was 19 in Long Beach, I just knew I had seen something special, and it was. I just wish I had taken a picture of it then.
05/09/2002 @ 15:34 [ref: 4911]


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