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Cutaway to the Catalina

16 December 2011

Cutaway to the Catalina

There are dioramas both on model scale as well as full scale which exist to show moments in history or, equally as important, moments in the life. This one is perhaps unique, showing us life on board a Consolidated PBY Catalina while she and her crew are on patrol. Hardly any of us have been allowed into the aircraft we like to read about and see, even less into an aircraft while it is earning its keep.  Seeing how the crew would have been stationed in this Catalina gives an unusual, even rare, look into service life while in patrol in the 1940s. The National Naval Aviation Museum deserves special merit for this exhibit, wouldn’t you agree?

The Catalina in cutaway — photo by Joseph May

The pilot's position with the bow turret forward — photo by Joseph May

Ahead of the forward bulkhead is the navigator at the chart table while aft is the crew chief in the wing pylon seat as well as an observer at the galley (to the right are a pair of bunks and life rafts in their stowage bags) — photo by Joseph May

The crew chief at the engine control panels, note the control cables in the foreground — photo by Joseph May

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. 16 December 2011 05:48

    MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR…
    DAVID LORD
    THIS CUTAWAY IS ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC. THIS IS ONE MUSEUM I’D REALLY LIKE TO SEE.
    NAMING MUSEUM FAVORITES WOULD BE VERY HARD…BUT THS ONE IS ONE OF THE BEST IN THE USA!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      16 December 2011 19:03

      Thanks David and Happy Holidays to you 🙂

      This museum is a lot of fun, no doubt. Lots to see, places to take a break, hotels are inexpensive.

  2. shortfinals permalink
    17 December 2011 22:49

    Great exhibit, great post! I think sectioned aircraft (providing they are relatively common, of course!) are a great museum idea. The RAF Museum, London has a fine Bristol Fighter, for example. This Catalina is an excellent specimen.

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      18 December 2011 23:49

      I agree and it is good to show the engineering I think. Just seeing how everything must fit amazes people the first time they get an insight, making the machines more meaningful, perhaps.

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