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Consolidated PBY Catalina
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Consolidated PBY Catalina
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The Consolidated PBY Catalina, also known as the Canso, was an American flying boat, and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s produced by Consolidated Aircraft. It was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II.
Top speed: 315 km/h
Introduced: October 1936
Retired: January 1957
Unit cost: 90,000–90,000 USD (1935)
Manufacturer: Consolidated Aircraft
First flight: March 28, 1935
Designer: Isaac M. Laddon

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Consolidated PBY Catalina
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PBY Catalina
[Image: Consolidated_PBY-5A_Catalina_in_flight_c1942.jpg]
A PBY-5A on patrol, 1942-43
Role Maritime patrol and search-and-rescue seaplane
Manufacturer Consolidated Aircraft
Designer Isaac M. Laddon
First flight 28 March 1935
Introduction October 1936, United States Navy
Retired January 1957 (United States Navy Reserve)
1979 (Brazilian Air Force)
Primary users United States Navy
United States Army Air Forces
Royal Air Force
Royal Canadian Air Force
Produced 1936–1945
Number built 3,305 ( 2,661 US-built,[1] 620 Canadian-built, 24 Soviet-built[2])
Unit cost
US$90,000 (as of 1935)
Adjusted for inflation: US$1555995
Variants Bird Innovator
The Consolidated PBY Catalina, also known as the Canso in Canadian service, was an American flying boat, and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s produced by Consolidated Aircraft. It was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II. Catalinas served with every branch of the United States Armed Forces and in the air forces and navies of many other nations.

During World War II, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escorts, search and rescue missions (especially air-sea rescue), and cargo transport. The PBY was the most numerous aircraft of its kind and the last active military PBYs were not retired from service until the 1980s. In 2014, nearly 80 years after its first flight, the aircraft continues to fly as a waterbomber (or airtanker) in aerial
firefighting operations all over the world.
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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_PBY_Catalina

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