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Consolidated PBY-5A 'Catalina'

Description
  Manufacturer:Consolidated
  Base model:PBY
  Designation:PBY
  Version:-5A
  Nickname:Catalina
  Designation System:U.S. Navy / Marines
  Designation Period:1935-1962
  Basic role:Patrol Bomber
  Modified Mission:Amphibious
  Crew:7-9
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Specifications
  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

Propulsion
  No. of Engines: 2
  Powerplant: Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92
  Horsepower (each): 1200

Performance
  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 , 21232 , 33960 / 34059 , 46450 / 46638 , 48252 / 48451

Examples of this type may be found at
MuseumCityState
Historic Aircraft Restoration ProjectsBrooklynNew York
Lone Star Flight MuseumGalvestonTexas
United States Air Force MuseumWright-PattersonOhio

PBY-5A on display

Historic Aircraft Restoration Projects

Lone Star Flight Museum

United States Air Force Museum
  


 

Recent comments by our visitors
 Calvin Barrett
 , NY
Re: Natal Brazil

My daughter is headed to Natal on a NOAA research vessel as part of her ocean science research.

It prompted me to recall Natal and the coincidence my father, "Mo", was stationed there in WWII - flying PBY's.

I then saw the note from Anselmo. I think I remember the name on the short list of my father's best "flying buddies"? But do I remember the name "Lynn" connected with Anselmo.

Am I confused about this?
09/12/2013 @ 07:45 [ref: 68060]
 Calvin Barrett
 , NY
Re: Natal Brazil

My daughter is headed to Natal on a NOAA research vessel as part of her ocean science research.

It prompted me to recall Natal and the coincidence my father, "Mo", was stationed there in WWII - flying PBY's.

I then saw the note from Anselmo. I think I remember the name on the short list of my father's best "flying buddies"? But do I remember the name "Lynn" connected with Anselmo.

Am I confused about this?
09/12/2013 @ 07:44 [ref: 68059]
 Jack Arnold
 , CO
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. jack.c.arnold@att.net
12/06/2012 @ 17:26 [ref: 67394]
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 Los Alamitos, CA
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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 konabish@hotmail.com.

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.

Greg Bishop
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
 Tallahassee, FL
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
 Bozeman, MT
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
 Winterhaven, CA
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 blackrivercousins@yahoo.com
thank you
05/01/2008 @ 14:36 [ref: 20773]

 
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