THE CATALINA PRESERVATION SOCIETY

Recognizing the PBY Catalina Heritage Worldwide
 
 

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The Catalina Preservation Society gratefully acknowledges that volunteer time for this project was graciously provided by a number of incredibly talented people and the brilliant research of the Canadian Department of National Defence, Directorate of History and Heritage.

The project team would like to extend our appreciation to all our colleagues at the Society, Museum and Corporate level who participated in, or supported this project.


WHO ARE WE

We are a group of aviators and like minded folks who wish to recognize and preserve the PBY Catalina Heritage Worldwide

 

WHERE ARE WE

The Catalina Preservation Society is located at the Victoria International Airport on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada.

 

OUR GOAL

To purchase and preserve PBY Catalina CF-UAW in the fine airworthy condition it is in today.

 

OUR MISSION

Stimulate the imagination of a broad audience by showcasing PBY Catalina CF-UAW to the public “Bringing Life to Yesterdays PBY Catalina”

 

OUR VISION

Inspire the imaginations of all by allowing everyone the opportunity to view, tour, crew or pilot PBY Catalina CF-UAW helping in its preservation for all to enjoy


OUR PLANE

 

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina

Manufactured in CANADA by Canadian Vickers
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Under License from Consolidated Aircraft, Canadian Vickers in Cartierville Quebec (A subsidiary of UK parent Co. Vickers Ltd) was awarded a contract in 1941 to produce the United States designed PBY-5A Catalina for the Royal Canadian Air Force.
In 1943, PBY-5A RCAF #11024, one of 359 was rolled out the door awaiting its first assignment at RCAF Western Air Command Patricia Bay, Victoria, British Columbia.


After a career spanning 64 years, PBY Catalina  CF-UAW was purchased privately by Pacific Flying Boats Ltd. and returned home to Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, in November of 2010.
In 2011 a group of six aviation enthusiasts began The Catalina Preservation Society as the supporting organization for PBY-5A Catalina  CF-UAW.