The Consolidated PBY Catalina

With Wings over Wairarapa 2021 just around the corner, let's have a sneak peek at some of the beautiful aircraft that have graced our skies in the last few years. But which aircraft to start with? Well I couldn't think of a better place to start than the Consolidated PBY Catalina. 

With a design tailored to flying long distances over the Pacific ocean, I can't imagine what this plane would have looked like from a life raft. The roles of reconnaissance and rescue became vital to a war fought over such a large ocean. The roles which are now filled by the P3 Orion and will soon be taken up by the P8. 

Seen here at Wings over Wairarapa 2019, this plane was one of the highlights for me last time around. Will it be there for 2021? I hope so.

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