Flown by most Allied Forces in World War II, the PBY Catalina became the most successful wartime flying boat because of its flight range, carrying capacity and ability to land on any reasonable body of calm water. From the attack on Pearl Harbor thru wars end, the PBY saw service in nearly every combat theater around the globe-from icy Greenland and Alaska to the steaming tropics of the South Pacific where many personnel of downed bombers owed their lives to at-sea rescues by PBYs. When the war terminated in 1945, many surviving Catalinas began new careers as cargo transports, forest fire water bombers and members of geophysical survey teams. In these and other civilian roles, a number of PBYs continued to successfully operate until the early 1980s.
Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Desktop Model Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Scale 1/72 Wing Span 16-3/4" Length 10-3/4"
This model is made of select kiln-dried Philippine mahogany wood and comes with a stand.