QANTAS Catalina on the way

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QANTAS Catalina on the way

Post by Andy in West Oz » Wed Oct 21, 2009 2:35 am

Has anyone been following the Cat Qantas has acquired in Spain or Portugal? The jury's still out as to whether they'll fly her as a 'Double Sunrise' Cat or a post-war 'airliner'.

As of Oct 17, she was in Thailand with a few issues.

A few pics here:
http://www.qfm.org.au/index.php?option= ... &Itemid=10

The story is she'll be kept active rather than going static at Longreach. Wouldn't it be great to see three Cats in formation?
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Re: QANTAS Catalina on the way

Post by rod mountford » Sun Jan 17, 2010 9:52 am

Hi the Cat has arrived and I saw it recently out at Bankstown. It is owned by the following organisation. http://www.catalinaflying.org.au/restoration.htm Cheers Rod

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Re: QANTAS Catalina on the way

Post by Andy in West Oz » Tue Jan 19, 2010 6:20 pm

Hi Rod

That's a different Cat that was in Australia before the QANTAS aircraft left Portugal. With the arrival of the QANTAS Cat, we'll have three airworthy ones here. How cool is that?

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Re: QANTAS Catalina on the way

Post by Boba » Wed Jan 20, 2010 4:20 am

Having read of the three flying status Catalinas that will be in Australia once the Qantas aircraft arrives, just how many are there in Australia - including exhibits and where are they? I'll update the revised Darwin's Air War before it goes to the printer in the very near future.

With thanks in advance.

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Re: QANTAS Catalina on the way

Post by richard rudd » Sat Jan 23, 2010 12:31 am

See Classic Wings Issue #73... Catalinas Downunder.
As listed....Consolidated PBY-5A BuAer48352 c/n 1714 A24-88 Aust Nat Aviation Museum Morabbin Vic. Fuselage, ex Murray River houseboat
....PBY-5A 44624 1988 RAAFA Museum Bull Creek WA.
Canadian Vickers Canso 11060 CV-369 ex Geoterrex VH-EXG, to RAAF Museaum Pt Cook Vic as A24-104
....PBY-6A 46644 2008 to Qantas Founders Museum Longreach Qld.
Boeing Canada PB2B 44248 61554 A24-385 Gordon Taylor's Frigate Bird II. Powerhouse Museum, Sydney.
.....PBY-6A 46665 2029. VH-CAT. For Rathmines Musuem, Lake McQuarie NSW.
.....PBY-5 08272 1186 A24-46 Private storage WA.
.....PBY-5 "A24-30" Lake Boga Flying Boat Museum Vic.
.....PBY-6A 46679 2043 "A24-362" HARS Albion Pk NSW.
And a couple more pvt Houseboats/ fuse relics.
HARS, Rathmines and Qantas machines to be kept flying.

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Re: QANTAS Catalina on the way

Post by Boba » Tue Jan 26, 2010 2:44 am

Many thanks Richard. I don't think amny would realise just how many there are remaining and certainly not the numbers in Australia. I'll update DAW accordingly.

Many thanks again and

Cheers,

Bob Alford
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Re: QANTAS Catalina on the way

Post by richard rudd » Wed Jan 27, 2010 5:38 am

yes quite amazing how many. Will be good to see the flyers in action. The missions flown by the Black Cats to distant places, at low level in tropical
conditions at night, are incredible. Better have the nav and headings right !... or smack into an island, as some did. A dangerous enough game just doing that without the reception at the target end. Brave folk indeed.

Have a copy of DAW.. excellent pictures and a top read.!
I saw Toyoshima's BII-124 on Melville Island in '67. Shame so little of it made to the NT Aviation Heritage Centre.
Have some old pics somewhere.

rgds.

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Re: QANTAS Catalina on the way

Post by Andy in West Oz » Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:03 pm

Finally got to see a Cat flying when the HARS one visited Temora recently. Really hit home just how slow and long the RAAF mining trips were. Here's some average pics on a very hot and heat shimmery day:

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Re: QANTAS Catalina on the way

Post by Andy in West Oz » Thu Feb 11, 2010 8:06 pm

Sorry for the double pic above. This is the one I meant to post:

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Re: QANTAS Catalina on the way

Post by richard rudd » Thu Feb 11, 2010 9:40 pm

Nice pics What a graceful bird with those long wings. Will have to go someplace to see one in action. Bet it sounds good too.

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Post by Andy in West Oz » Thu Feb 11, 2010 11:12 pm

Sounds lovely. HARS apparently have a nose turret for her as well her look will change again eventually.
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Re: QANTAS Catalina on the way

Post by batman » Sat Oct 16, 2010 6:00 pm

The HARS aircraft appeared last month at the Williamtown airshow with its new nose turret. Looks great.

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Re: QANTAS Catalina on the way

Post by richard rudd » Sun Oct 17, 2010 7:04 am

Andy in the west. Re yr query Darwins Air War? under a Catalina picture. You'll see the name Bob Alford in an earlier post....
by him.
Large format soft cover book re the air raids, top read, excellent pics.
Aviation Heritage Centre Darwin has copies $25 +pp.
enjoy.

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