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Richard Leahy c50-60s

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Richard Leahy 1975

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via PNG Museum 1975

Aircraft History
Built by Vickers in Montreal, Canada. Constructor Number CV592. Assigned U. S. Army as OA-10A Catalina serial number 44-34081. U. S. Navy bureau number 68045.

Wartime History
Assigned to the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF). During 1946, stricken from charge and sold as surplus.

Postwar
During November 1946, sold to Cathay Pacific Airways Ltd, Hong Kong as VR-HDH. Next with Macau Air Transport. On July 6, 1962, purchased by Trans Australian Airlines (TAA). Overhauled at Bankstown Airport. On October 31, 1962 registered as VH-SBV. Nicknamed "Sunbird" with "Trans Australian Airlines" in blue each side of the fuselage. This Catalina made its last flight on January 5, 1966 landing at Port Moresby.

This Catalina, minus its engines was stored outdoors near Jackson Airport. During 1966-1975, used as a training aid for fire fighters, along with the nose section of C-47A "Hell's Bells" 42-23959. During September 1975, dismantled and shipped to Auckland.

Display
During 1976-1986 displayed at MOTAT. In 1987, moved to the RNZAF Museum, where it is under static restoration.

References
VH-SBV. Canadian Vickers OA-10A Catalina. c/n CV-592

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January 9, 2018

 

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