Built by Boeing of Canada. Constructors Number 61154. US Navy Bureau Number 44248. Royal Air Force (RAF) serial number JX630. One of 165 Boeing built Catalina flying boats delivered to
Arrived in Australia on September 3, 1945 and assigned to the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). On September 17, 1945 assigned to 3 OTU before finally being placed in storage at the
Rathmines flying boat base.
In 1950, A24-385 was handed over to Captain P G Taylor, named "Frigate Bird II" and
listed on the Australian civil register as VH-ASA. It was in this aircraft that Captain Taylor and his crew became
the first people to fly across the South Pacific between Australia and South America. Sold to Airmotive Supply, New York on May 18, 1953.
The Catalina is currently suspended from the ceiling of the Powerhouse Museum in Sydney. Displayed in the markings of PBY Catalina A24-385.
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January 31, 2018