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PB2Y—the Coronado

6 January 2016

 

Consolidated PB2Y Coronado probably taking off—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Consolidated PB2Y Coronado probably taking off—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Consolidated’s descendant of their Catalina is the Coronado, which has the same single step hull design philosophy as well as wing floats which retract to become wing tips. It has twice the number of engines as well as multiple decks within the fuselage, though. A virtual tour can be taken of the beautifully restored Coronado at the National Naval Aviation Museumsee the PB2Y-5R here where you will see the front of the cockpit, swing the view 180° and follow the arrows through the entire aircraft to see the bunks, galley, radio room, VIP section and more. The exterior can be viewed in this walkaround post.

Four engines power this Consolidated PB2Y Coronado along the water—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Four engines power this Consolidated PB2Y Coronado along the water—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Consolidated PB2Y Coronado emptying the bilge or dumping fuel—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Consolidated PB2Y Coronado emptying the bilge or dumping fuel—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Hatches open for air flow with a fire bottle at the ready, a typical Consolidated PB2Y Coronado scene of the day—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Hatches open for air flow with a fire bottle at the ready, a typical Consolidated PB2Y Coronado scene of the day—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Early model Consolidated PB2Y Coronado with bow gun turret—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Early model Consolidated PB2Y Coronado with bow gun turret—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Consolidated XPB2Y Coronado (note the single tail instead of the production twin tail)—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Consolidated XPB2Y Coronado (note the single tail instead of the production twin tail)—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Early model (note bow turret) Consolidated PB2Y Coronado—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

Early model (note bow turret) Consolidated PB2Y Coronado—San Diego Air and Space Museum image archive

 

 

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bruce Kay permalink
    6 January 2016 04:03

    JOE!!
    WOW!!! “virtual tour can be taken of the beautifully restored Coronado at the National Naval Aviation Museum—see the PB2Y-5R here ”
    I plan to spend an Hour more on this exquisite tour of the PB2Y! There must be others, where are they?
    Bruce

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      6 January 2016 13:32

      Yes, it is quite a virtual tour and great minds tgink alike. I’m drafting a page for links to virtual tours as well as one for conserved wrecks. All I require is a little quiet time and a cup of coffee to get them completed.

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