Author Topic: Is this a Catalina?  (Read 901 times)

August 02, 2015, 08:11:15 AM
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I was at a steam rally yesterday and heard this plane over head. It was quite a way away but managed to get this photo.
Now I'm no expert on planes, but isn't it a Catalina Flying boat?

August 02, 2015, 08:15:26 AM
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No, it hasn't got the floats under the wings.
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August 02, 2015, 08:20:51 AM
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It might be,as not all of them have the floats. Google Catalina and photos of it will come up,with and with out the floats.

August 02, 2015, 08:43:46 AM
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I've been doing a bit of Googaling and found this http://www.catalinabookings.org/aircraft.asp. The registration which can be made out on the original photo is G-PBYA and apparently it's based at Duxford. Which is only a few miles from where I was.

August 02, 2015, 01:12:54 PM
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Here's a firefighting one from Corsica, complete with floats.

August 02, 2015, 08:03:13 PM
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Unless they put gas turbines on some of them, George, yours is NOT a Catalina.  ;)

Bob, this is the same aircraft, as you can see it does have the wing floats, but they retract outwards and line up with the wing, adding a foot or two to the wingspan.

August 02, 2015, 08:43:40 PM
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Nice shot Alan,looking forward to seeing her at the airshows in a few weeks.

August 02, 2015, 09:18:30 PM
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Nice one Alan, I got shots of the same Cat with floats lowered and retracted.
George, yours is a Canadair Bombardier.
Carl.

August 02, 2015, 09:25:06 PM
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Thanks David, one of the few decent looking American aircraft ;) - seen at the Southport show last September.

Incidentally, the Civil Aviation Authority's 'GINFO' aircraft registration database is freely available to look up all sorts of details.
  https://www.caa.co.uk/ginfo

(If you knew what to look for, you might even find me, though the address has changed a couple of times since then.)

August 02, 2015, 11:23:22 PM
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Thanks for the corrections, chaps - I thought it was an updated version! These ones come at up to 23 at a time to water bomb forest fires in the south of France - which includes Corsica, although you might not think so, from the behaviour of the locals!