Posted by: Gregoryno6 | July 21, 2017

Powerhouse Museum – Catalina “Frigate Bird II” the South Pacific Adventurer

Catalinas have played a major role in Australian aviation. This plane flew a survey mission to prepare air routes to South America for QANTAS.

Aces Flying High

The main Transport Gallery of the Powerhouse Museum (Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences or MAAS) in Sydney Australia is an impressive space and the centrepiece is the Consolidated PB2B-2 CatalinaFrigate Bird II” flying boat that sits proudly suspended from the ceiling. This was a variant of the PBY-5 powered by two Pratt and Whitney R1830-92 Twin Wasp 1,200 hp engines and fitted with the taller tail and larger rudder of the PBN-1 Nomad, built under licence by Boeing Aircraft of Canada Limited, Vancouver in 1944. Boeing produced 67 PB2B-2 in Canada between September 1944 and March 1945, mostly for the RAAF (47) with the rest going to the RAF (Catalina Mk.VI) and US Navy.

Consolidated PB2B-2 Catalina "Frigate Bird II" flying boat Powerhouse Museum Sydney Consolidated PB2B-2 Catalina “Frigate Bird II” in the Powerhouse Museum Transport Gallery

Consolidated PB2B-2 Catalina "Frigate Bird II" flying boat Powerhouse Museum Sydney “Frigate Bird II”

This big Cat was operated by the RAAF (A24-385, Bu.44248/JX630) but did not arrive in Australia until September 3rd, 1945…

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  1. Thanks for the reblog!

    • I’ve been a Catalina fan since I was a boy, and all the more so since I discovered the story of the Double Sunrise Flights.

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