Specifications for the
Consolidated PBY Catalina
Long-Range Maritime Patrol Flying Boat
Focus Model: Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina
Country of Origin: United States
Manufacturer: Consolidated; Boeing - USA / GST - Soviet Union / Royal Aircraft - UK / Canadian Vickers - Canada
Initial Year of Service: 1936
Production Total: 3,305
Length: 63.81 ft (19.45 m)
Width: 104.00 ft (31.70 m)
Height: 20.18ft (6.15 m)
Weight (Empty): 20,911 lb (9,485 kg)
Weight (MTOW): 35,422 lb (16,067 kg)
Powerplant: 2 x Pratt & Whitney R-1830-92 14-cylinder Twin Wasp air-cooled radial piston engines developing 1,200 horsepower.
Maximum Speed: 179 mph (288 kmh; 156 kts)
Maximum Range: 2,545 miles (4,095 km)
Service Ceiling: 14,698 ft (4,480 m; 2.8 miles)
Rate-of-Climb: 526 feet-per-minute (160 m/min)
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in bow turret
2 x 12.7mm machine guns in fuselage blisters (one each side).
1 x 7.62mm machine gun in ventral tunnel section.
Bombload of up to 4,000lbs that includes 2 x torpedoes, bombs, depth charges or anti-ship mines.
PBY Catalina - Base Series Name
Model 28 - Base Prototype Model Designation
XP3Y-1 - Prototype Model Designation
PBY-1 - Initial Production Model featuring improved and more powerful R-1830-64 900hp engines; 60 produced.
PBY-2 - Modified United States Navy Model of which 50 were produced.
PBY-3 - Fitted with R-1830-66 1,000hp engines of which 66 were produced.
PBY-4 - Integrated the recognizable fuselage "blister" gun positions; name "Catalina" is utilized for the series; fitted with R-1830-72 1,050hp radial engines of which 33 produced.
PBY-5 - R-1830-82 or R-1830-92 radial engines capable of 1,200hp; export version for UK, Dutch East Indies, Australia and Canada; Tricycle landing gear testing implemented and integrated to final PBY-5 production models making the system completely amphibious; general improvements throughout.
PBY-5A - Full Amphibious Variant of which 761 were produced.
PBY-5B - Improved Amphibious Model
Mk I - RAF Coastal Command Designation of the PBY-5 model series.
Canso - Canadian designation of the PBY-5 model series as produced by Canadian Vickers and Boeing of Canada.
PBN-1 "Nomad" - Naval Aircraft Factory production model with taller fin and rudder systems; model supplied to the USSR; aerodynamic and hydrodynamic improvements to airframe.
PBY-6A - "Amphibians" with search radar installed.
OA-10B - United States Air Force Designation of the PBY-6A Catalina amphibians.
GST - Model Designation of PBY series as produced by the USSR; unknown production numbers.
Australia; Brazil; Canada; Chile; France; Taiwan; Soviet Union; United Kingdom; United States