Monday, January 19, 2009

Wings Over Wairarapa # 7: Consolidated Vultee PBY-5A

The Consolidated Vultee PBY-5A is an interesting aircraft. Firstly, it's ugly :-) Secondly, it's a large type with an interesting history and is quite different from most other aircraft with its large boat-like hull. Certainly I can imagine that if I were floating around the ocean having bailed out, the sight of one of these beasts coming to the rescue would have been very welcome!

The RNZAF operated a number of these aircraft out of the old Hobsonville aerodrome, including seaplane facilities and so they have a clear connection to New Zealand.

Here are a few pictures of this awesome aircraft. My favourite picture is the one with the P40 tucked in tight.

Consolidated Vultee PBY-5A Catalina, ZK-PBYConsolidated Vultee PBY-5A Catalina, ZK-PBYConsolidated Vultee PBY-5A Catalina, ZK-PBYConsolidated Vultee PBY-5A Catalina, ZK-PBY, and P40 in formationConsolidated Vultee PBY-5A Catalina, ZK-PBY

1 comment:

Nicks Aviation : Note from Stratford Taranaki said...

Go for ride in this you will never regret it a pure jpy and it's magic