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Seaplane Walkaround — Consolidated PB2Y Coronado

25 May 2011

Seaplane Walkaround — Consolidated PB2Y Coronado

This flying boat is a behemoth and I was lucky visiting the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola near the end of April. As luck had it, the Coronado had been moved from the restoration hangar to the main display building only the week before. This PB2Y is still under restoration  but the fuselage and center wing section (sans engines) look to be in mint condition.

Starboard view of the National Naval Aviation Museum’s Consolidated PB2Y Coronado — photo by Joe May

Port side of the PB2Y, note the hatch and deep full bow — photo by Joe May

Consolidated intended the Coronado to be the evolutionary step from the PBY Catalina and just three years after the Catalina’s first flight. Alas, the PB2Y suffered in most comparisons and most notably in range. Although the Coronado flew in some combat missions during WW II  the vast majority of its service life was performing cargo and personnel transport.

The Coronado’s port side empennage absent the rudder — photo by Joe May

Wing cross section showing the bracing members — photo by Joe May

That all being said, this is a rare survivor and walking around it one can appreciate the capacious hull, high above the waterline cockpit, full bows and dihedral twin rudder empennage.

Bows-on view of the PB2Y Coronado — photo by Joe May

Coronado’s cockpit — photo by Joe May

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Fred Boucher permalink
    8 October 2012 17:23

    I can’t believe the Navy’s museum got the colors and markings wrong!

    • Fred Boucher permalink
      8 October 2012 17:40

      Self-Correction: on further research, it appears the museum has finished the PB2Y as it appeared when it landed in Japan in August 1945. The dark blue upperside and star and bar national insignia is therefore correct. It was originally stated it was painted for 1942 livery. My apologies.

      • travelforaircraft permalink
        8 October 2012 22:05

        Hello and thanks for the heads up. I’m no expert in this area but I didn’t recall seeing the dark blue before that day — but my eye for that detail is not like yours. Thanks again.


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