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  PBY-2 "Guba" Registration NC 777 (Guba II) 


Archbold 1938

Aircraft History
Built by Consolidated in San Diego, California during 1937 as as PBY-2 Catalina at a cost of $378,286.00 with spare parts. This Catalina was modified with cockpit reinforcements around the cockpit, shileds for propeller ice.

Purchased by the American Museum of Natural History in New York, NY for use by naturalist Dr. Richard Archbold. Registered in the United States as NC 777.

This aircraft was used by Dr. Richard Archbold and nicknamed "Guba", the second aircraft with this nickname. Also known as "Guba II". The first was PBY-2 "Guba" Registration NC 777. Guba is the New Guinea Hiri Moutu word for a tropical storm in honor of his preceeding aircraft, Fairchild 91B "Kono" NR777 that sank during a Guba storm.

On December 3, 1937 this Catalina made a shake down flight to Miami.

On June 2, 1938 departed overseas bound for Netherlands New Guinea to support the third Archbold expedition during 1938-1939. This Catalina operated from Hollandia (Jayapura) and was used to establish camps near the Idenburg River and Lake Habbema to support explorations of the Baliem Valley (Hidden Valley) and Mount Wilhelmina (Mount Trikora) and surrounding areas. Returning, this Catalina made the first around the world flight at the Earth's widest diameter.

In October 1940 sold to the United Kingdom and registered as C-ACBJ. Used to provide transport service in West Africa. Ultimte fate unknown likely scrapped or otherwise disappeared.

References
The Archbold Expeditions to New Guinea by Michael Cookson
The PBY Catalina (the early history) by Ray Wagner, Flight Classics publication 1972 Cuba [sic] Guba
"A second "Cuba" was built for the explorer and made a shake-down flight to Miami on 3 December 1937. It retained the NC 777 registration, but can be distinguished from its predecessor by reinforcements on the hull outside the cockpit; shields to protect from propeller-flung ice. This "Cuba" left for New Guinea on 2 June 1938,

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Last Updated
January 9, 2018

 

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