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Catalina Flying Boat

By malleader
Image from the 2016 Old Buckenham Air Show.

The Consolidated Catalina was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War 2, serving in every branch of the U.S. Military. They did just about everything, from submarine hunting & bombing to cargo transport and, perhaps most vitally, search and rescue.

This latter role helped ensure this 10 ton, 2,400 hp monster continues to be held in great affection.

The end of the War did not signal the end of the Catalina. Today, 81 years after it first flew, the Catalina is still saving lives as a fire-fighting aircraft.

Tags: Photo journalism Catalina flying boat aircraft Old Buckenham Air Show 2016

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StrayCat 17 19.1k 3 Canada
3 Aug 2016 8:21PM
I started my 40 year flying career on these; we used them for water bombing forest fires, lots of fun at age 20.Smile

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