Catalina ‘sails’ into Portrush

***** Portrush confirmed display *****

Airwaves Portrush today confirmed that the Catalina flying boat will be at Portrush for both days of Airwaves Portrush 2016 (3rd & 4th September) She last flew in NI in 2014 at Portrush, having missed a display in Newcastle last summer due to tech issues.

The Catalina is run by the Catalina Society based in Duxford, England and is one of only 17 left flying in the world today.

The Consolidated PBY Catalina is an American flying boat, and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s produced by Consolidated Aircraft.

The Catalina was one of the most widely used seaplanes of World War II. Catalinas served with every branch of the United States Armed Forces and in the air forces and navies of many other nations.

During World War II, PBYs were used in anti-submarine warfare, patrol bombing, convoy escorts, search and rescue missions.

Air Waves Portrush's photo.

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