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Catalina Cutaway Reprise

1 February 2019

The full scale PBY Catalina cutaway exhibit at the National Naval Aviation Museum is one of the most creative museum displays in aviation. Having the port side skin removed to expose the various compartments with mannequins “at work” is brilliant on the part of the NNAM. This cutaway has been previously covered in this blog but we were able to photograph with better equipment on a recent trip—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The National Naval Aviation Museum’s PBY full scale cutaway—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The cutaway Catalina’s bow turret position with 0.30 calibre machine gun (note the mooring line and mooring post)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Close view of the Catalina’s anchor bow stowage—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The pilot compartment of the PBY cutaway—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The main compartment, just aft of the cockpit, with navigation and electronics stations (note the metal panels for walking force and aft which are throughout the PBY)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Aft of the main compartment is the galley compartment and the flight engineer’s station in the pylon above (the FE station had no forward view but does have a port and starboard porthole)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

Continuing aft is the sleeping berth compartment (necessary since the Catalina could stay aloft a long time, nearly half a day)—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

The port side 0.30 calibre machine gun position/observation position (for the Catalina’s patrolling and rescue missions) which was also the access for the rescued to gain entry to the Catalina while afloat—Joseph May/Travel for Aircraft

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  2. 14 February 2019 06:50

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