The consolidated pby catalina also known as the canso in canadian service is an american flying boat and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s produced by consolidated aircraftit was one of the most widely used seaplanes of world war iicatalinas served with every branch of the united states armed forces and in the air forces and navies of many other nations. The consolidated pby catalina was probably the most versatile and successful flying boat amphibian ever built serving not just with the us army navy and coast guard during the second world war but also with the air forces of britain canada australia. The consolidated pby catalina was the most built flying boat of world war ii 3281 were built in the usa and canada and several hundred in the ussr. Consolidateds rugged pby set a standard for flying boats and amphibians that will never be eclipsed 1935 was a vintage year for first flights it saw the arrival of three enormously capable ahead of their time airplanes that played a huge part in winning world war ii the boeing b 17 douglas . Photos and article about the pby catalina flying boat patrol bomber locating the bismark and japanese fleet black cat catalinas rescue mission number built
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