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World War 2 In Review Number 76: Consolidated PBY Catalina

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World War 2 In Review Number 76: Consolidated PBY Catalina
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World War 2 In Review Number 76 describes and illustrates the Consolidated PBY Catalina flying boat in the service with the United States, Great Britain, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Norway and the Soviet Union in World War II.

The Consolidated PBY Catalina was produced as a flying boat and seaplane amphibian in the 1930s and 1940s. In Canadian service it was known as the Canso. It 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. The last military PBYs served until the 1980s. More than 80 years after its first flight, the aircraft continues to fly as a waterbomber (or airtanker) in aerial firefighting operations in some parts of the world. None remain in military service.

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