About our PBY Catalina
Our PBY Catalina “Flying Boat” will be rebuilt to airworthy status by 2020. To help return her to the skies, please donate below:
Built by Consolidated Aircraft in 1943 in San Diego, CA with serial number 1785.
Delivered to the US Navy on January 8, 1944, given Bureau Number of 48423 and assigned to VPB-73 at Naval Air Station Floyd Bennett Field, New York.
VPB-73 was transferred to San Juan, Puerto Rico where the PBY flew Dumbo missions for redeployed USAAF units.
Assigned to Naval Air Station Norfolk in January 1946. From February 1946 to May 1947, the PBY was reconditioned in Philadelphia and then placed into storage.
A PBY crew during World War II
Stricken from the Navy list with 1,202 hours flown.
1947 or 1948
Purchased by a civilian owner with the registration of N4002A. This registration was inactive by January 1965.
Purchased by Survair Ltd., Ottawa, ON in 1964. Registered as C-FJJG and named Explorer One.
Purchased by Canadian Aero Service Ltd., Ottawa, ON
Owned by Spartan Air Services, Ottawa, ON
Owned by Knenting Earth Sciences, Ottawa, ON During this phase she was flying long-range missions with a magnetometer mounted to her nose.
Sold to Red Stevenson of Jenks, OK. He registered her as N423RS.
Sold to Brice Redding of Reno, NV.
Owned by APEXX Company, Inc, Canby, OR
Owned by Northern Air, Inc., Dallas, TX (Dr. R. Slade)
Purchased by Catalina Angels, Ltd of Galesburg, IL and painted for a new owner GreenPeace. GreenPeace flew the plane for a year on several pollution watching activities.
Flown to Duxford, UK and remained in the UK while her future was considered.
Purchased by Super Catalina Restorations in Duxford, UK and painted in the colors of the UK coastal command. From 1998 to 2014 she was only flown three times.
Purchased by James Lyle contracted with Mark Edwards of AirVenture, Ltd to start the restoration. The decision was made to halt the work and ship the PBY to the U.S.
The PBY was shipped from Biggin Hill, UK, to Florida. The aircraft is urrently stored at St. Lucie County Airport, FL. (KFPR) Funds are being sought for restoration to airworthy status.
To help the PBY fly again, kindly donate below: