U.S. Naval Aircraft



Consolidated PBY-5A "Catalina"

Amphibious Patrol Bomber by Comsolidated Aircraft Corporation

P  =  Patrol

B  =  Bomber

Y  =  Consolidated



About the Aircraft


The Consolidated PBY Catalina is a twin-engine multi-role flying boat or amphibious aircraft produced by the US-American manufacturer Consolidated Aircraft Corporation. Retractable landing gear on the PBY-5A made it "amphibious". Previous versions only had removable landing gear and were called "flying boats".

It was produced in several variants by Consolidated, Naval Aircraft Factory, Canadian Vickers, Boeing Canada and in Russia. The early produced variants were flying boats whereas the later variants (like PBY-5As) were amphibious aircraft with retractable landing gear.





Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina





Crew of 8

Pilot, co-pilot, bow turret gunner, flight mechanic, radioman, navigator, 2 waist gunners




2 Radial Piston Engines, 2 row 14 cyl.

Engine Model

Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp

Engine Power (ea.)

1200 hp



Max. Cruise Speed

108 kts / 124 mph

Max. Speed (vne)

170 kts / 96 mph

Service Ceiling

15.800 ft

Rate of climb

1000 ft/min


2.176 NM / 2.504 mi.

Empty Weight

20.911 lbs

Max. Takeoff Weight

35.419 lbs

Wing Span

104,0 ft

Wing Area

1400 ft²


63,8 ft


20,2 ft



First Flight

28 March 1935

Production Status

out of production

Production Range


Total Production





2-548, AR-22

Data for (Version)

Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina





PBY's retractable wingtip floats

PBY's de-icing system through engine heat exchangers



Other Images of PBYs


PBY-5A water landing at full stall

PBY-5 flying boat leveled water landing

PBY-5A inflight with landing gear retracted VP-45




Consolidated Aircraft factory in New Orleans 1944

PBY-5As fresh off factory assembly line 1944

PBY-5A parked on water





Earlier PBY-5 variant before retractable landing gear as a "flying boat" limited its capabilities. Removable landing gear was attached to bring ashore and removed when launched

PBY-5A on the job at Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Retractable landing gear made newer variant "amphibious" made it much more versatile

Operating out of Attu, Alaska - Novemeber 1943




PBY-5 waist gunner and accessing gun blister

PBY-5A VP-61 Aleutian Islands, AK -March 1943

George's patrol squadron 9 months before arrival

 Close-up of the nose of a PBY-5 Catalina aircraft being serviced at Naval Air Station Corpus Christi, Texas, United States, Aug 1942




Cockpit interior view animated overhead controls for twin engine's throttle and propeller pitch

Recent photo of PBY-5A taxiing

Cockpit interior view photograph







Other PBY Catalina photos




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