Much has been written on the heritage of the PBY Catalina and its obvious impact on aviation worldwide.There is no doubt as to its significance in the outcome of many World War II Naval, Air and Ground battles, to say nothing of its contribution to Civilian Aviation roles.
When the PBY Catalina first flew, its fighter aircraft contemporaries were biplanes. It is a tribute to the Catalina that it is still flying today in the age of supersonic jet fighters and space exploration.(1)
Come with us on a journey as we explore the historical life and times of the PBY.