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With the exception of the Mk 1 or Mk 11
Spitfire (which are in a class of their own), I
think the Consolidated PBY-5A 'Catalina' is
the most elegant old warbird still flying,
closely followed by the Grumman Tigercat.
But where the Tigercat was a triumph of style
over substance - its performance was fairly
poor and, beautiful though it was to look at,
few were subsequently made - the Catalina, a
long-distance reconaissance and
anti-submarine aircraft, went on to have
numerous lives after WW2, most noticably as
a fire-fighting aircraft. This beauty is heading
home after an air display on the East Coast.
After several passes along the seafront,
everyone must have got a good picture of it,
but I can confidently predict that this is the
only one that looks like this (see below for a
link to the 'Before and After' story).
With the exception of the Mk 1 or Mk 11 Spitfire (which are in a class of their own), I
think the Consolidated PBY-5A 'Catalina' is the most elegant old warbird still flying,
closely followed by the Grumman Tigercat. But where the Tigercat was a triumph of style
over substance - its performance was fairly poor and, beautiful though it was to look at,
few were subsequently made - the Catalina, a long-distance reconaissance and
anti-submarine aircraft, went on to have numerous lives after WW2, most noticably as a
fire-fighting aircraft. This beauty is heading home after an air display on the East Coast.
After several passes along the seafront, everyone must have got a good picture of it, but
I can confidently predict that this is the only one that looks like this (see below for a link
to the 'Before and After' story).
With the exception of the Mk 1 or Mk 11
Spitfire (which are in a class of their own), I
think the Consolidated PBY-5A 'Catalina' is the
most elegant old warbird still flying, closely
followed by the Grumman Tigercat. But where
the Tigercat was a triumph of style over
substance - its performance was fairly poor
and, beautiful though it was to look at, few
were subsequently made - the Catalina, a
long-distance reconaissance and
anti-submarine aircraft, went on to have
numerous lives after WW2, most noticably as a
fire-fighting aircraft. This beauty is heading
home after an air display on the East Coast.
After several passes along the seafront,
everyone must have got a good picture of it,
but I can confidently predict that this is the
only one that looks like this (see below for a
link to the 'Before and After' story).

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With the exception of the Mk 1 or Mk 11 Spitfire (which are in a class of their own), I think the Consolidated PBY-5A 'Catalina' is the most elegant old warbird still flying, closely followed by the Grumman Tigercat. But where the Tigercat was a triumph of style over substance - its performance was fairly poor and, beautiful though it was to look at, few were subsequently made - the Catalina, a long-distance reconaissance and anti-submarine aircraft, went on to have numerous lives after WW2, most noticably as a fire-fighting aircraft. This beauty is heading home after an air display on the East Coast.
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