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Consolidated-Vultee PBY-5a Catalina by FooFighter7 Consolidated-Vultee PBY-5a Catalina by FooFighter7
Built in 1943, this Catalina had an extensive career that took her to San Diego, Norfolk, French Morocco, the Canary Islands, Gibraltar, and the Azores just to name a few.  In 1956 she was sold as surplus and flew in Alaska between 1977 and 1982.  In 1985, the aircraft was seized by Federal Marshals for transporting illegal drugs.  The aircraft was released in 1987 and partly restored in California.  It was then sold to a buyer in Italy followed by South Africa.  In 2000, she was flown to North Weald, UK and was temporarily painted in RAF camo for the movie "Below" as the aircraft that spotted the German battleship Bismark.  In 2001 she was finally sold to the Military Aviation Museum and in 2011, she was repainted once more to a more accurate 'late war' paint scheme.

Warbirds over the Beach 2015
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jimbooliver Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018
Such fantastic planes, my grandfather briefly flew as crew on one in New Zealand at the very end of the war.
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FooFighter7 Featured By Owner Jul 27, 2018
Very cool!  They're amazing aircraft
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MichaelCPhotography Featured By Owner Dec 16, 2017   Photographer
Beautiful!
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ZACHDABEAST Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2016
could you draw a ZDB because ZDB is a slogan for my name XD and a slogan for a plane XD
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zaco21 Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016
Just looks good!
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primefuture Featured By Owner Sep 27, 2016
The North Atlantic Patrol used to fly those girls and Sunderlands from a base on Lough Erne, County Fermanagh, Ireland right up until the early '50's.  Lough Erne was famous for its trout fishing and the anglers used to have to avoid the landing paths on the lake.  My father remembers a few hairy moments when the landing Catalina's were low enough to touch with their rods on finals!  The old story goes that a Catalina took off into a very strong headwind on night patrol from Lough Erne, flew for 8 hours and landed again without actually going anywhere.  The Vikings regularly navigated the Erne system back in their day but near as I can tell, the nazi U-boats never made it.
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Two-Tailed-Warrior Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Was that the Warbirds Over the Beach in Virginia?

I wonder how it got into the hands of drug smugglers.
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FooFighter7 Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016
Yes it is!  This PBY is based at the museum there.  I assume that after the war it was surplussed like many other military aircraft of the time and was eventually sold to those people.
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AveragePhotographer Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2016  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome!
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Rikkubeauty Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Nice shot =)
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Eric-S-Huffman Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2015  Professional Traditional Artist
I SOOOOOOwant one of these for my personal RV !
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tonysphotos Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2015  Hobbyist Photographer
Now this is one of my favorite planes
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FooFighter7 Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2015
It's one of my favorites too!  I've actually been inside of it (Not while flying) but it is pretty comfy.
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Midway2009 Featured By Owner May 24, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Magnificent bird. :D
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