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Plane Sailing Catalina

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Delivered to Royal Canadian Air Force. Flown with No.9 (BR) Sqn, No.413 Sqn and No.121 Search & Rescue Flight, Vancouver. Withdrawn from Military Service in 1959 and struck off charge May 1961.

Sold to Frontier Air Transport for use by CANSPEC as a water bomber.

Having been converted to a water bomber, it was acquired by Kenting Aviation Ltd, Toronto and registered CF-NJF.

Leased to Protection Civile, Marseilles, France and registered as F-ZBAY.

Returned to Canada and re-registered as CF-NJF.

Leased to Protection Civile, Marseilles, France and registered as F-ZBBD.

Returned to Canada and re-registered as CF-NJF.

Acquired by Norcanair Ltd, Prince Albert, Saskatchewan and registered as C-FNJF with a hull code of ‘14’ in water bomber use.

Acquired by the Province of Saskatchewan Fire Fighting Service, La Ronge and flown as water bomber No. ‘7’.

Acquired by Aero Service Ltd, Nanaimo Airport, Vancouver Island. Interior stripped of fire bombing equipment and replaced with internal fittings suitable for passenger charter work, air stair and panoramic view blisters. Put up for sale late 1999.

Purchased by the Catalina Aircraft Ltd, Duxford and ferried to its new base in Cambridgeshire in March 2004 and registered as G-PBYA.

Oct 1943 

 

May 1961 

1963

May 1966/Nov 1966 

Nov 1966 

May 1968/Sept 1968 

Sept 1968 

Apr 1974/1979 

Jun 1980/1991 

1992? 

 

Aug 2002

CANADIAN VICKERS Ltd PBY-5A (CANSO)/Ser No. CV283/RCAF11005/G-PBYA

*Picture Update: 16Aug13*