Consolidated PBY Catalina. Photo. Characteristics.
Consolidated PBY Catalina. Photo. Characteristics.

Consolidated PBY Catalina. Photo. Characteristics.


A type: twin-engine maritime patrol bomber

Crew: seven to nine people

Absolutely unlikely that the record of PBY Catalina, which is the most massive flying boat in aviation history, will ever be broken. Consolidated has collected (or licensed to build in Canada and the USSR) more than 4000 instances of a twin-engined seaplane over a period of 10 years, starting with 1935. The PBY used by almost all allies in World War II flew more hours on combat patrols than any other American combat aircraft of the time. VP-11F was the first part to receive new float seaplanes and to accept the first PBY-1 in October

1936 years. The pace of rearmament was so high that by the middle of 1938 the 14 squadron was operating PBY, it was supposed to re-equip other squadrons on them. Improvements for new engines led in the following 4 years to the emergence of new modifications, including the amphibian PBY-5A with a three-column chassis. The last combat option was a PBY-6A aircraft, which, during operation in the US Army Air Force, had the designation 0А-10В. After the war, "Catalina" remained in military service until the 1970-ies, at the same time in North America, a civilian aircraft was used to fight fires and was only decommissioned only recently. At present, five Catalina-ready airplanes are based in Europe and more than two dozen in North America.

Basic data


  • Length: 19,47 m
  • Wingspan: 31,7 m
  • Height: 6,5 m

Power point: two engines R-1830-92 «Twin Wasp" Company "Pratt- Whitney" (on the modification of PBY-5A) Power: 2400 l. from. (1790 kW) total

The weight:

  • BLANK: 9485 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 16 066 kg

Date of first flight:

  • 21 March 1935 of the year

Aircraft performance characteristics:

  • Maximum speed: 288 km / h
  • Range: 4096 km

The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • PBY-5A, PBY-6A, PBV-1A and 0A-10A