PBY Catalina @ EGEO

Hi all,
This just arrived in at Oban Airport (EGEO) on the West coast of Scotland. Literally appeared just through the rain clouds. Makes a much needed difference from the usual 208’s we get here!

During World War II, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escorts, search and rescue missions (especially air-sea rescue), and cargo transport. The PBY was the most numerous aircraft of its kind and the last active military PBYs were not retired from service until the 1980s. In 2014, nearly 80 years after its first flight, the aircraft continues to fly as a waterbomber (or airtanker) in aerial firefighting operations all over the world. (https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Consolidated_PBY_Catalina)



That’s a beautiful spot. Really lucky to have seen it!

P.S. I am editing EGEO at the moment, really nice airport


Wow great plane to find :-)


@Laura_Murphy… MaxSez: Thanks for the memory Laura, as a young 1st tour Marine in the very early 60’s I served with the Security Det at NOB/MB Bermuda on the Great Bay air/wpns station. PBY’s where well represented there. There were 2 Flying Boat Sqd’s. A PBY SAR/ Sub Hunter bunch which worked in shore to the ADIZ Jersey/NY coast and a Martin Mariner bunch that did broad ocean surveillance. 3 hangers, a large tie down/apron and 3 ramps for access to the bay.
a 24 hr op, this was the Cold War period. Launches and recoveries drew large crowds. Be great if IF considered Float Planes particularly in the GA category.
Here’s a photo of the Mariner;


(Photo: Public Domaine)


Wow, thanks for that perspective @Maxmustang, very interesting!

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@Laura_Murphy. MaxSez: SEE; catalina.org.uk for the history of 4 433915. Great Story of its Life & Times.

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@Laura_Murphy… “eins og sumir myndu segja.Ég treysti huga mínum”; “as some would say. I trust my mind”. Interesting quotes for a Scot firefighter’s bio. Icelandic?


Yessir, but living in Scotland for a year now!


Nice! It’s wonderful to see those still flying. Back in WW2 they could refuel them by submarine couldn’t they? Also utterly amazing as to how many lives they saved.

Yes I believe so, some submarines had their main ballast tanks filled with fuel for the seaplanes!

Amazing catch! Great job catching those photos with that kind of lighting!

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