The Catalina Flying Memorial is an initiative to acquire, restore, and bring to Australia a Catalina amphibious aircraft. These were designed in the 1930’s and only a few still exist in the world. A 1945 model PBY6 aircraft has been acquired that was last used as an aerial fire-fighting water bomber in Portugal.
You can learn about the progress of this initiative, and about these aircraft in general, at the newly updated Catalina Flying Memorial Ltd website.
The group has passed this on to Thirty Thousand Feet:
Following the unfortunate events of last month, it was decided to replace both engines in situ before attempting any more flying. It was originally planned to overhaul the engines after the aircraft arrived in Australia and before taking any passengers. Although this option is costly, “new” engines will naturally add to the value of the aircraft.
While we have put out our feelers in the search for new engines, any assistance would be greatly appreciated. We need two Pratt & Whitney 1830-92 radial engines and, of course, money with which to purchase and install them. So if you can help with our search and/or the provision of funding, please contact Philip Dulhunty ((02) 9870-7277, e-mail Philip@dulhunty.com).
Help them out if you can!