PBY Catalina / Canso (multiple)

Catalina (EVG 2015) 5945

I phototgraphed these Consolidated PBY Catalina examples at McChord AFB and at a vintage aviation air show put on by the Historic Flight Foundation at Paine Field. Canadian service PBY-5’s  are called Canso — I photographed Canso examples parked outside the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Ore., and at the Pima Air&Space Museum in Tucson.

The PBY-6 that I was able to board during an airshow at Paine Field was the Catalina that was temporarily based at nearby Thun Field before heading to Florida for use in the movie USS Indianapolis: Men of Honor. Sadly it was lost after being beached just offshore during filming — the most serious damage done when salvage crane operators attempted to lift the water-logged Catalina, essentially ripping he plane apart (read story here). I don’t usually link to outside images, but here is a very interesting video of this Catalina in Florida showing how close it was to shore. Sad that they attempted to lift the plane rather than using inflated floats to bring the nose section above the waterline and pumping the water out. Very sad.


Canso A (PBY-5A) 9815; Evergreen Aviation Museum; 2015


PBY-6A 64041 Catalina; Paine Field 2012


Canso A (PBY-5A) 9742; Pima Air&Space Museum 2017


PBY-5A 33993 (displayed as 434033) Catalina; McChord AFB 2010