Consolidated PBY-5A 'Catalina'
|  Base model:||PBY|
|  Designation System:||U.S. Navy / Marines|
|  Designation Period:||1935-1962|
|  Basic role:||Patrol Bomber|
|  Modified Mission:||Amphibious|
|  See Also:|
|  Length:|| 63' 10"|| 19.4 m|
|  Height:||20' 2"|| 6.1 m|
|  Wingspan:|| 104'|| 31.7 m|
|  Wingarea:|| 1,400.0 sq ft|| 130.0 sq m|
|  Empty Weight:|| 20,910 lb|| 9,482 kg|
|  Gross Weight:|| 35,420 lb|| 16,063 kg|
|  No. of Engines:|| 2|
|  Powerplant:|| Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92|
|  Horsepower (each):|| 1200|
|  Range:|| 2,350 miles|| 3,784 km|
|  Cruise Speed:|| 17 mph|| 27 km/h|| 14 kt|
|  Max Speed:|| 179 mph|| 288 km/h|| 155 kt|
|  Climb:|| 620 ft/min|| 188 m/min|
|  Ceiling:|| 13,000 ft|| 3,962 m|
Known serial numbers
|2456 / 2488, 7243 / 7302, 02948 / 02977, 04399 / 04420, 04972 / 05045, 08030 / 08123
33960 / 34059
46450 / 46638
48252 / 48451
Examples of this type may be found at
PBY-5A on display
Historic Aircraft Restoration Projects
Lone Star Flight Museum
United States Air Force Museum
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Recent comments by our visitors
| Jack Arnold|
| Research done by Ragnar Ragnarsson and validated by my father's flight log books when he was stationed with VP-94 in Brazil in '43/'44 determined that my father flew this specific PBY (Bu 46456)now being restored at Floyd Bennett. I have provided a picture of my father with some of his crew/co-pilots, including Al Anselmo, who's son has commented on these visitor pages. Would love to hear from anyone else who has information related to these Brazilian PBY's. email@example.com |
12/06/2012 @ 17:26 [ref: 67394]
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09/13/2010 @ 16:08 [ref: 29973]
| Greg Bishop, Son of Earl C. \'Bill\|
Los Alamitos (Rossmoor), CA
| Well, no one's commented for awhile, so I'll "renew" my 2004 entry (they delete the 'old stuff', unfortunately); if anything looks familiar to you, PLEASE contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
My dad Earl C. 'Bill' Bishop flew PBY-5A's. He was an AD-1, US Navy; his career spanned the period of 6 months prior to Pearl Harbor, right up to 20July1955, when he and he crew died in the crash of their AJ-1 Savage attack bomber in Naples, Italy.
My dad saw action in WW2. He received his Combat Aircrew wings. In (at least) 1943 thru 1944 he was flying PBY-5A submarine patrols and convoy escorts in the Atlantic. It was a huge area between South America and Africa.
Our dad died when I was 9, my sister Cecelia even younger. We had very little info. I went to NARA (many times) for his personnel records, plus we now have one of his flight log books, covering Oct. 20, 1943, thru Feb. 21, 1944 (on 11Feb1944 he transferred from VP-92 to Fleet Air Wing 15, on 21Mar44 transferred to VB 111. His last log entry is in a B-24 (maybe a PB4Y Liberator). He was in the Pacific from around 7Dec1944 thru 7Feb1945, FFT Hedron 14-2; There is more, but this should be enough to "ring a bell" for anyone who knew him.
Retired Fire Captain, Orange County, California
09/13/2010 @ 15:59 [ref: 29972]
| Grant Walker|
STUDIO CITY, CA
| AS A BOY I WATCHED A FIELD OF PBY'S SCRAPED IN BELLINGHAM,
WASHINGTON.MY FATHER HAD THE CONTRACT.I HAVE THE PHOTO'S
OF THE WORK.THE LAST PHOTO IS OF A BULLDOSER CRUSHING
THE PLANES.EVEN AT THE TIME I HATED TO SEE IT HAPPEN.
03/06/2009 @ 15:53 [ref: 23891]
| Russ Cyphers|
| Particularly to Tom Lahart. My dad, Russell "Lucky" Cyphers was a silver winger who got his commission during WWII in Iceland. He was transferred to Adak (Aleut Isl)as the Search & Rescue Officer, and flew PBYs. |
12/31/2008 @ 03:44 [ref: 23387]
| Tom Lahart|
| My dad was an Aviation Machinists Mate 1st Class who flew in PBY's during WW II. He was stationed up in the Aleutian Islands. He once told me a story of almost having to bomb a Russian destroyer because she wasn't flying the correct
recognition flags. After trying to contact the ship they had to fire over the bow of the ship before she raised the correct flags.
12/05/2008 @ 13:56 [ref: 23192]
| Wayne King|
| I 1953, I was stationed at NAAS Monterey, CA and we had aircraft there so the Aviators attendiong Naval Post Graduate School could fly to stay proficient. We had SNBs, JRBs, SNJs F6Fs and F8Fs as well as the what I understood was the last operational PBY-5As in the navy. The PBYs were parked in the boonies near the end of the runway which was a lonely spot. No building or anything. However, in good navy tradition, we had to stand watch on the old beauties. We had a small bonfire off to the side so we could stay warm, a small load of firewood was hauled out to the area each day, the galley would send out a huge pot of coffee each evening which lasted all night. It got pretty strong about 0400 but kept you awake. We kept it warm on the fire. The watch was armed with a Carbine. The PBYs were flowen mostly by two APs (enlisted pilots) Chief Kastner and Chief Clark. Can you imagine in this day and age, standing aircraft watch by a campfire with a pot of coffee. One night we decided to pull a joke on the guy on watch and dressed a guy in a foul weather suit and wearing an oxygen mask with oygen bottles on his back and taxi wand in his belt to give it an eerie effect. We had him step out of the bushes making wierd sounds. As soon as we heard the carbine click, we started calling to the guy on watch not to shoot. I really believe he would have shot him as he was totally terrified and could hardly talk. |
06/23/2008 @ 08:54 [ref: 21582]
| Fred Nicolau|
rio preto, FL
| please Rebecca Dent and Charles Anselmo and other people who had info on Natal and Recife and Brazil in WW2 please contact me . my email is email@example.com
05/01/2008 @ 14:36 [ref: 20773]
| manoel gentil marinho pessoa neto|
NATAL BRAZIL, OTH
| Studant of history II WAR, of Parnamirim Field Camp, Natal city of Brasil.
You photos, films, etc of Natal city, Parnamirim camp Field(1940/1945)??
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04/22/2008 @ 18:04 [ref: 20683]
| Charles Anselmo|
Redwood City, CA
| My father was stationed in Brazil during WW II, flying submarine patrols off the coast. He saw action in the sinking of a surfaced U-boat with the plane's system of releasing four bombs in rapid sequence. The submarine nonetheless did fire upon the Catalina, which flew back to its base on a single engine. I was fortunate enough to view a restored plane with my father many years later at one of the air shows presented at Moffett Field in California, probably around 1985. I believe this particular aircraft was shown under the auspices of the Confederate Air Force. |
11/05/2007 @ 09:56 [ref: 18404]
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