Built by the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in San Diego. Constructors Number 2008. Delivered to the U. S. Navy (USN) as PBY-6A Catalina Bureau Number 46644.
This Catalina was registered in the United States as N6458C. Next, registered in Canada as C-GFFH. Then registered in Spain as EC-359. And later re-registered as EC-EVK and used as a water bomber.
Finally, registered in Australia as VH-EAX and flown via Bahrain to Australia. Qantas had previously operated ex-RAAF PB2B-2 Catalina A24-378 as VH-EAX.
On display at the Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach, Queensland.
Navy Serial Number Search Results - PBY-6A Catalina 46644
"46644 (MSN 2008) to civil registry as N6458C, then C-GFFH. Became EC-359, then EC-EVK (Spain) SAESA Cuatro Vientos, Madrid"
The Catalina Society - World Catalina News - October 2009
ABC Western Queensland - 'A rare Catalina flying boat' (September 15, 2011)
ABC News "Qantas museum in Longreach to breathe new life into vintage Catalina flying boat" (August 20, 2013)
Airliners.net - Photos of Catalina EX-EVK
Joe Baugher's Website
Thanks to Daniel Leahy for additional information
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September 25, 2018