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  PBY-6A Catalina Bureau Number 46644  
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Aircraft History
Built by the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation as PBY-6A with Constructor's Number 2008. Assigned US Navy Bureau Number (Bu No) 46644.

Post-war
To the US civil register as N6458C, then to Canada as C-GFFH. To Spain as EC-359, then re-registered as EC-EVK. Used as a water bomber.

The aircraft was listed on the Australian civil register as VH-EAX and flown to Australia via Bahrain. Qantas had previously operated ex-RAAF PB2B-2 Catalina A24-378 as VH-EAX.

Today
On display at the Qantas Founders Museum at Longreach, Queensland.

References
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 further information

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Last Updated
January 31, 2018

 

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