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Airshows 2007 - Part 1

Plane Sailing - 44-33915/G-PBYA Canadian Vickers Canso A
owned by: The Catalina Aircraft Limited

Plane Sailing - 44-33915/G-PBYA Canadian Vickers Canso A operated by: The Catalina Aircraft Limited in the markings of a USAAF OA-10A of 5ERS at the Flying Legends Show held at Duxford 7th July 2007 - Airshows 2007 Part 1 © Caz Caswell 2007

Flying Legends Show held at Duxford 7th July 2007
Copyright Caz Caswell © 2007

Related Notes & Links
The Plane Sailing although owned by the Catalina Aircraft Company is operated on behalf of the Catalina Society and is flown in the markings of a USAAF OA-10A of 5ERS, with the serial 433915. The original 433915 had a short operational career that ended by the Aircraft being sunk by Enemy Action whilst unable to take-off from the North Sea due technical difficulties. After a torrid time, the Crew were eventually rescued.
See Links section below for how to find out more.

Canso A (equivalent to the Consolidated PBY-5A) c/n CV-283 was built by Canadian Vickers for the Royal Canadian Air Force and taken on charge with the serial 1105. After the War it was converted into a Water Bomber and flew with a number of companies.

In its Water Bomber Configuration, its last operator was C-FNJF of Province of Saskatchewan Government (where in the pouring rain on the 11th May 1981 at Toronto International Airport I took a photograph of it). On retirement from Water Bombing the Aircraft was eventually extensively converted for use as a Passenger Aircraft. The Company for whom the conversion was carried out never became operational and after a period of open storage was acquired by Catalina Aircraft Company, made Airworthy and flown in stages to the UK.

See Picture of the Aircraft in 1981:
C-FNJF Canadian Vickers Canso A of Province of Saskatchewan Government
See also a Picture Taken at Southend Airport Airshow 25 May 2008, in murky conditions:
Plane Sailing - 44-33915/G-PBYA Canadian Vickers Canso A

Catalina Society - Web Site
History of 44-33915 - Catalina Society Web Site
History of Plane Sailing - Catalina Society Web Site

Consolidated PBY Catalina - Wikipedia Entry

PBY.COM - Tribute Site

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