Ladies and Gents, just wondering what the story is with the Catalina? I know for a fact it is parked up at New Plymouth undergoing some fairly serious maintenance, but news appears fairly slim. There was a mention of "out of action due to corrosion" a while back, is there any further news on this? Lack of news makes me wonder if this is on purpose? I'll post my pics, but firstly don't want to "ruffle any feathers" if that is the case.
I'm sure this wouldn't be a difficult project to raise donations for - easy to say I know, not knowing how many $$'s are required, but she is a big beautiful bird, and represents a very important piece of this country's history. A lot of people put in a lot of effort to get here here, and flying, and now that we've got used to having her around, I'm sure many more people will want to keep her up there.
Very sad to see, unfortunately always a huge risk with aging amphibians, no matter how well looked after. Hopefully there will be a generous benefactor somewhere who can help get it flying again. When I when the 25 Mil Lotto this weekend I'll be able to help out!
If it was supposed to be easy. everyone would be doing it...
Am i correct in guessing this is the Mainfreight replacement for the last passenger cert'ed 1 (from south africa?) that was lost in transit?sob sob, in the documentary. How sad! If so has anyone any idea if the doco of the other one is on youtube ect as i'd love to watch it again, and as a sidenote when i saw that one lost it occured to me that by the time it hit bottom god only knows how far she flew underwater with her once lofty wings and the currents!!
If PBY needs sponsorship to get back to flying again wonder if Gareth Morgan could be invited to be of help? Great publicity to fly to a rat infested island to preserve the native bird life . Would make a good documentary film
This is a very sad sight to see. I might join her on Saturday as we are both not going to RNZAF 75th Anniversay Airshow. On a better note.....she will fly again and if its money then this forum is a good start to put the hat around.
I live outside the box and think outside the square and take nothing as impossible.
I was very pleased to see the Catalina stand at Ohakea, complete with Dee Bond in flight suit. Sadly I didn't have time to stop for a chat - having missed two hours of the show I was really, REALLY keen to see some flying - but i hope to get in touch with them next week.
I was thinking of giving to the Doolittle Raiders reunion in the States, but this is far more meaningful for me.