"The greatest of all flying boats, the PBY Catalina was one of the most versatile aircraft ever built. Yet, until the publication of this book, a single definitive study of the aircraft has not been available. Now all the fascinating facts about the PBY are pulled together in one volume by an author who, enthralled with its unique design since childhood, breathes new life into its story...For the thousands of crew members who flew "the Cat" in war and peace, this book provides a nostalgic look back at the PBY's long and brilliant career. For those of us not lucky enough to know the craft firsthand, it offers a close-up view not soon to be forgotten. Modellers and others seeking explicit details on the PBY's design will find the wealth of technical data and line drawings in the appendices invaluable." - book jacket
Foreword / acknowledgments / introduction / from trainers to bombers / the early flying boats / pby design and development / navy pbys in the prewar years / commercial pbys in the prewar years / pearl harbor / from the philippines to australia / midway / the aleutians / the south pacific / the southwest pacific / the atlantic / morocco / pbys with the coast guard / the air force's navy / catalinas and cansos with the allies / more catalinas with the allies / postwar pbys / museums displaying pbys and cansos / pby technical data / pby line drawings
xvii, 351 pages : illustrations, maps, portrait ; 23 cm
Roscoe Creed. 1986. PBY the Catalina flying boat, 15-1367. Walsh Memorial Library, The Museum of Transport and Technology (MOTAT).