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After WWII, PBYs were used for commercial air travel. Still the longest commercial flights (in terms of time aloft) ever made in aviation history were the Qantas flights flown weekly from 29 June 1943 through July 1945 over the Indian Ocean. To thumb their nose at the Japanese (who controlled the area), Qantas offered non-stop service between Perth and Colombo, a distance of 3,592 nm (5,652 km). As the PBY typically cruised at 110 knots, this took from 28-32 hours and was called the "flight of the double sunrise", since the passengers saw two sunrises during their non-stop journey. The flight was made with radio silence (because of the possibility of Japanese attack) and had a maximum payload of 1000 lbs or three passengers plus 65 kg of armed forces and diplomatic mail.

Registrations on this page
 
N101CS, N285NJ, N31235, N4NC, N423RS, N5PY, N5591V, N69RF, HK-2115, PH-PBY, YV-209CP,
YV-584CP, G-PBYA,

 
 
 

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Bureau #: 34012
Construction #: 1566
Civ. Reg.: N1947M, CF-IEE,
HK-2115
Model: PBY-5A
Name: None
Status: Sunk
Last info: 1970

History:
Registered as N1947M by ??, 19??.
Transair Ltd, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1953-1967.
- Registered as CF-IEE.
Austin Airways, Toronto, Ontario, 1967-1970.
- Sunk during storm, Sugluk, Quebec, 1970.

In Columbia, flying as HK-2115


 

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N4NC - PBY-6A - 2026 - Connie Edwards
 

Bureau #: 46662
Construction #: 2026
Civil Registry:
  N9588C
  CF-VIG
  N788C
  N1022G
  N999AR
  N4NC
Model: PBY-6A
Name: None
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 1992

History:
Registered as N9588C by ??, 19??.
Registered as CF-VIG by ??, 19??.
Carl H. Ingwer, Tucson, AZ, 1963.
- Registered as N788C.
Mural Rearment Inc, New York, NY, 1966.
Great Lakes Paper Co, Orilla, Ontario, 1967-1973.
- Registered as CF_VIG.
Avalon Aviation Ltd, Red Deer Alberta, 1975.
Registered as N1022G by ??, Mar. 1979.
Anchor & Cattle Corp, Grundy, VA, June 1980. - Registered as N999AR.
Red Stevendon, Leonard, OK, 1984.
- Flew as "The Searcher".
Wilson C. Edwards, Big Spring, TX, 1984-1992.
- Registered as N4NC, Mar. 1986.

 

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N101CS - PBY-6A - Bu64071 - Cousteau Society Inc – Calypso
 
Bureau #: 64071
Construction #: 2141
Civil Registry:
  NC48129
  N6457C
  N48129
  N101CS
Model: PBY-6A
Name: None
Status: Sunk
Last info: 1992
  History:
Registered as NC48129 by ???, 1945.
Sonora Flying Service, Columbia, CA, 1962-1963.
- Registered as N6457C.
- Flew as tanker #E49.
Calypso Air Charters Inc, Miami, FL, 1963-1969.
Interport Inc, 1968.
- Registered as N48129.
- Delivered from Arizona to Dominican Republic, Feb. 1968.
Carl H. Jurgens, Dominca, 1969.
- Open Storage, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 1971-1974.
American Equipment Funding, Wilmington, DE, 1975.
- Registered as N101CS.
Cousteau Society Inc, Los Angeles, CA, 1976-1978.
- Crashed and sank, River Tagus, Portugal, June 28, 1979.
Wreckage reported Museo do Ar, Alverca AB, 1992.

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6525 (C-10) - CansoA - CV272 - FA Brasileira – FAB
 
 

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N69RF - CansoA - CV397 - Flying Catalina Corp
 
Serial #: RCAF11074
Construction #: CV-397
Civil Registration:
  CF-OWE
  C-FOWE
  N691RF
  C-FOWE
  N69RF
  N222FT
Model: PBV-1A
Name: Turtle
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2001
History:
Delivered to RCAF.
- BOC: May 5, 1944.
- SOC: Nov. 7, 1961.
Ontario Central Airlines, Kenora, Ontario, 1965-1970.
- Registered as CF-OWE.
Ilford Riverton Airways, Winnipeg, Manitoba, 1977-1983.
- Registered as C-FOWE.
Northland Outdoors Of Canada, 1983.
Robert J. Franks, Los Angeles, CA, June 1984.
- Registered as N691RF.
Jonathan Seagull Holdings, Vancouver, BC, Sept. 1985.
- Damaged while landing, Plymounth Harbor, UK, MAy 30, 1986.
- Repaired.
Robert J. Franks, Los Angeles, CA, Mar. 1989.
- Registered as N69RF.
Flying Catalina Corp, Los Angeles, CA, June 1990-1992.
Wilson Edwards, Big Spring, TX, May 26, 2000-2001.
- Registered as N222FT.

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N423RS - PBY-5A - Bu48423 - Northern Air Inc – Greenpeace
 
Bureau #: 48423
Construction #: 1785
Civilian Registration:
  N4002A
  CF-JJG
  C-FJJG
  N423RS
Model: PBY-5A
Name: None
Status: Unknown
Last info: 1992
History:
Registered as N4002A by ??, 19??.
Survair Ltd, Ottawa, Ontario, 1965.
- Registered as CF-JJG.
Canadian Aero Service Ltd, Ottawa, Ontario, 1970.
- Equipped with magnetometer.
- Flew as "Explorer".
Spartan Air Services, Ottawa, Ontario, 1973-1974.
Kenting Earth Sciences, Ottawa, Ontario, 1976-1986.
- Registered as C-FJJG.
Red Stevenson, Jenks, OK, June 1986.
- Registered as N423RS.
Brice Redding, Reno, NV, July 1986.
APEXX Company Inc, Canby, OR, Aug. 1986-1987.
Northern Air Inc, Dallas, TX, Dec. 1987-1992.

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YV-584CP - PBY-5A - 1736 - Orinoco Mining Company
 
Bureau #: 48374
Construction #: 1736
Civil Registration:
  N9507C
  YV-P-DPZ
  YV-O-CFO-2
  YV-584CP
  YV-63CP
Model: PBY-5A
Name: None
Status: Unknown
Last info: 1983
History:
George B. Alder, Chatanooga, TN, 1963.
- Registered as N9507C.
Carolina Aircraft Corp, Miami, FL, 19??.
Orinoco Mining Co, Pittsburgh, PA, 1965.
Orinoco Mining Co, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, 1965.
- Registered as YV-P-DPZ.
Corporacion Ferrominera de Orinoco, CA, Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela, 1975.
- Registered as YV-O-CFO-2.
- Registered as YV-584CP, March 1983.
Registration YV-63CP reserved but not taken up.

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YV-209CP - PBY-5A - 1808 - Peter Bottome
 
Bureau #: 48446
Construction #: 1808
Civilian Registration:
  N5591V
  YV-209CP
  N285NJ
Model: PBY-5A
Name: None
Status: Wrecked
Last info: 1992
History:
Ellwood L. Schultz, Los Angeles, CA, 1963-1969.
- Registered as N5591V.
Transamerica Trade, Mableton, GA, 1978.
Peter Bottome, Caraca, 1978-1985.
- Registered as YV-209CP.
Thaddeus B. Bruno, Jr, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Aug. 1985-1989.
- Registered as N285NJ.
Enricho Recchi, Turin, Italy, 1987.
- Delivered to Italy via Reykjavik, Sept. 1, 1987.
- Crashed and destroyed, Turin, Italy, May 21, 1989.

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G-PBYA - 285ACF - CV283 - Plane Sailing UK
 
Serial #: RCAF11005
Construction #: CV-283
Civil Registry:
  CF-NJB
  F-ZBAY
  F-ZBBD
  C-FNJF
  G-PBYA
Model(s): PBV-1A
Name: None
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2006
 

History:
Delivered to RCAF11005.
- BOC: Oct. 27, 1943.
- SOC: May 25, 1961.
Kenting Aviation Ltd, Toronto, Ontario, 1963-1974.
- Registered as CF-NJF.
- Leased to Protection Civile, Marseilles, France, May 6, 1966-Nov. 1966.
-- Registered as F-ZBAY.
- Reregistered as CF-NJF, Nov. 1966.
- Leased to Protection Civile, Marseilles, France, May 6, 1968-Sept. 21, 1968.
-- Registered as F-ZBBD.
- Reregistered as CF-NJF, Sept. 21, 1966.
- Returned via Dublin.
Norcanair Ltd., Prince Albert Saskatchewan, Apr. 26, 1974-1979.
- Registered as C-FNJF.
Province of Saskatchewan, La Ronge, Sakatchewan, June 23, 1980-1991.
- Flown as tanker #7.
Aero Service LTD, Nanaimo Airport, Vancouver Island, 2002.
Catalina Aircraft Ltd, Duxford, UK, 2002-2006.
- Registered as G-PBYA.
- Operated by
Plane Sailing Catalina Operations


 

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PH-PBY - 285ACF - 300 - SNA
 
Bureau #: 02459
Construction #: 300
Civil Registry:
  N18446
  CF-HHR
  PH-PBY
Model: PBY-5A
Name: None
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2006
  History:
Built at Consolidated Factory at San Diego, 1941.
Delivered to U.S. Navy as BuNo. 02459., 1941
Delivered to U.S. Coast Guard, 19??-Oct. 1945.
Registered as N18446 by ??, 19??.
Transair, 1953-1966.
- Registered as CF-HHR.
Field Aviation, 1972.
Avalon Aviation Ltd, 1972-1992.
- Flew as tanker #3 (later #793).
- Retired, 1987.
Cat Air, Netherlands, 1994-1998.
- Registered as PH-PBY.
- Restoration started.
Stichting Neptune Association, Netherlands, May 1999-2006.
- Moved to Valkenburg Naval Air Base.
- Restored to airworthy.

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N285NJ - PBY-5A - 1808 - Thaddeus B.Bruno
 
Bureau #: 48446
Construction #: 1808
Civilian Registration:
  N5591V
  YV-209CP
  N285NJ
Model: PBY-5A
Name: None
Status: Wrecked
Last info: 1992
History:
Ellwood L. Schultz, Los Angeles, CA, 1963-1969.
- Registered as N5591V.
Transamerica Trade, Mableton, GA, 1978.
Peter Bottome, Caraca, 1978-1985.
- Registered as YV-209CP.
Thaddeus B. Bruno, Jr, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Aug. 1985-1989.
- Registered as N285NJ.
Enricho Recchi, Turin, Italy, 1987.
- Delivered to Italy via Reykjavik, Sept. 1, 1987.
- Crashed and destroyed, Turin, Italy, May 21, 1989.

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N5591V - PBY-5A - 1808 - Transamerica Trade
 
Bureau #: 48446
Construction #: 1808
Civilian Registration:
  N5591V
  YV-209CP
  N285NJ
Model: PBY-5A
Name: None
Status: Wrecked
Last info: 1992
History:
Ellwood L. Schultz, Los Angeles, CA, 1963-1969.
- Registered as N5591V.
Transamerica Trade, Mableton, GA, 1978.
Peter Bottome, Caraca, 1978-1985.
- Registered as YV-209CP.
Thaddeus B. Bruno, Jr, Fort Lauderdale, FL, Aug. 1985-1989.
- Registered as N285NJ.
Enricho Recchi, Turin, Italy, 1987.
- Delivered to Italy via Reykjavik, Sept. 1, 1987.
- Crashed and destroyed, Turin, Italy, May 21, 1989.

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N31235 - PBY-5A - 1788 - Vivident
 
Bureau #: 48426
Construction #: 1788
Civilian Registration:
  N31235
Model(s):
  PBY-5A
  Steward-Davis Super Cat
Name: None
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2003
  History:
USN Department, Washington, DC, 1952-1955.
- Registered as N31235.
- Operated by Transocean Airlines, Oakland, CA, Apr. 1952.
- Operated for Trust Territory Air services, Guam, 1952-1955.
-- Forced landing, 275 mi. west of San Francisco, Sept. 30, 1955.
-- Recovered by ship and badly damaged.
Long Beach Aeromotive Inc, CA, 1956.
- Rebuilt.
C.S. Bearson, 1956.
R. Lyle Golding, Long Beach, CA, 1956-1958.
Pacific Airlines, /San Francisco, CA, 1958-1961.
Alaska Coastal-Ellis Airlines, Juneau, AK, 1961.
Alaska Coastal Airlines, Juneau, AK, 1963-1966.
Alaska Airline, Inc, Seattle, WA, 1969.
Robert P. Schlaefli/SLAFCO, Moses Lake, WA, 1972-1999.
- Flown as tanker #80 (later #98).
Carmacks Commercial Corp, Anchorage, AK, Nov. 2003.

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N5PY - 285ACF - 417 - Westernair Inc – Bird Innovator
 
Serial #: RCAF9746
Construction #: 417
Civil Registry:
  N59D
  N5907
  N81RD
  N5PY
Model(s):
  PBY-5A
  Landseaire
  Bird Innovator
Name: None
Status: Stored
Last info: 2005
  History:
Registered as N59D by ??, Oct. 1956.
Registered as N5907 by ??, Nov. 1958.
The Bird Corporation, Palm Springs, CA, 1962-1969.
- Flew as "The Wandering Albatross".
- Damaged in wheels-up landing, Memphis, TN, Dec. 6, 1963.
- Two Lycoming GSO-480 engines added, 1967.
The Bird Corporation, Richmond, CA,, Apr. 1969-1976.
- Registered as N81RD.
Madden Aircraft Sales, Long Beach, CA, 1978.
- Registered as N5907.
Atlas Aircraft Corp, Long Beach, CA, 1978.
Pyramid Aviation, Cotati, CA, Oct. 1978-1981.
Research Data Inc, Miami, FL, Sept. 1981-1990.
Dick Durand/Westernair Inc, Albuquerque, NM, 1990-1991.
Westernair Inc, Albuquerque, NM, Sept. 1991-1992.
- Registered as N5PY.
Ronald Ruble, Orlando, FL, Dec. 1996-2005.