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Video and Pictures: PBY Catalina World War 2 Flying Boat spotted at Nottingham City Airport

The Consolidated PBY Catalina is a flying boat and amphibious aircraft that was produced in the 1930s and 1940s, this one registered 433915 is based at Duxford.

A rare treat for casual visitors and families out for a look at the smaller aircraft at Tollerton, this impressive vintage aircraft took off and carried out a circuit before leaving the area.

The aircraft are still in use to water-bomb large fires.

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PBY Catalina World War 2 Flying Boat

The PBY was originally designed to be a patrol bomber, an aircraft with a long operational range intended to locate and attack enemy transport ships at sea in order to disrupt enemy supply lines. With a mind to a potential conflict in the Pacific Ocean, where troops would require resupply over great distances, the U.S. Navy in the 1930s invested millions of dollars in developing long-range flying boats for this purpose. Flying boats had the advantage of not requiring runways, in effect having the entire ocean available.

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During World War II, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escort, search and rescue missions (especially air-sea rescue), and cargo transport.

The type operated in nearly all operational theatres of World War II. The Catalina served with distinction and played a prominent and invaluable role in the war against the Japanese.

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PBY Catalina World War 2 Flying Boat
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PBY Catalina World War 2 Flying Boat
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PBY Catalina World War 2 Flying Boat
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PBY Catalina World War 2 Flying Boat
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PBY Catalina World War 2 Flying Boat
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PBY Catalina World War 2 Flying Boat
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PBY Catalina World War 2 Flying Boat
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