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The Consolidated PBY Catalina

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During its long post-war career as a commercial aircraft, the Catalina was used in a variety of ways. These included the relatively conventional roles of passenger and freight transport, executive aircraft and rich man’s airborne yacht. As time went on, it also carved out a niche for itself in a small number of highly specialised roles. The first – aerial survey – relied on the type’s ability to fly steadily for long periods whilst being equipped with a variety of external equipment hung around its airframe. The other – aerial fire fighting and spraying – was to a great extent based on the Catalina’s water-landing capability although ironically a number of those flown in the USA against forest fires were land-based. It is a fact that these two activities have contributed greatly to the Catalina’s longevity and have been responsible for the continued existence of many of the world’s remaining flying specimen’s. Catalinas have also been involved in air display and film work and in some notable long-distance flights.

 

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Aero Service LTD, Nanaimo Airport, Vancouver Island

Aeroservicios Parrgue Ltda, Santiago

Airborne Fire Attack

Air Tankers Inc

Alcan Airways, Kingman, AZ

Aspar AS

Atwood Air Ltd, Victoria, BC

Austin Airways, Timmins, Ontario

Avalon Aviation Ltd, Parry Sound, Ontario

Buffalo Airways

Can Air, Vancouver, BC

Farmers Air Service, Klamath Falls, OR

Florida Forestry Board, Tallahassee, FL

Flying Fireman, Sidney, BC

Government of Quebec, Quebec

Hemet Valley Flying Service, Hemet, CA,

ICONA/Spanish Ministry of Land & Forest Management

Ilford Riverton Airways, Winnipeg, Manitoba

Jaydon Enterprises, Riverside, CA

Kenting Air Ltd, Toronto, Ontario

Liston Aircraft, Klamath Falls, OR

Newfoundland & Labrador AS

Norcanair Ltd., Prince Albert Saskatchewan

North Canada Air Ltd, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

Protection Civile, Marseilles

Province of Saskatchewan, La Ronge, Sakatchewan

Rosenbalm Aviation, Medford, OR

Sis-Q Flying Service Inc, Santa Rosa, CA

SLAFCO Inc

Sonora Flying Service, Columbia, CA

Wheeler Airlines, St. Jovite Station, Quebec