On August 26 2013, Melanie and I toured the inside of this Consolidated PBY-5A Canso (PBY-5 is the Catalina) while it was on display at the Erie International Airport. It was on tour by a crew from Canada, which is appropriate since it was this particular airplane was manufactured in Canada in 1944 by the Vickers company. World War II ended before it could ever see combat reconnaissance duty. The PBY-5A has a wingspan of 104 feet 0 inches and is powered by a pair of 1200 horsepower Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 Twin Wasp radial engines. Top speed is 179 mph. It sported six .303 Vickers machine guns and could carry up to 2000 pounds of bombs and depth charges. Hopefully, these photos will be of use to scale model researchers.
See Jim Wander's amazing Guillows PBY-5A model.
Consolidated PBY-5A Canso Specifications
PBY-5A Canso Instrument Panel (pilot side)
PBY-5A Canso Throttles
PBY-5A Canso Inside Fuselage Looking Rearward
Melanie with PBY-5A Canso Crew Chief
PBY-5A Canso Radio Rack
PBY-5A Canso Instrument Panel (co-pilot side)
PBY-5A Canso View from Observation Porthole
PBY-5A Canso Inside Fuselage Looking Forward
Melanie, Philip, and Sally with PBY-5 Catalina
at Frederick, Maryland air show
Posted October 5, 2014