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A Consolidated PBY-5A ashore. Note the ram air scoops on the tops of the engines (not shown on drawing) and the hook-on access ladder at the side blister. Sea-blue camouflage on top of the wing is carried around to the bottom of the retracted wing-tip float.

THE Consolidated PBY flying boat, named "Catalina" by the British, was one of the oddities of the war. A 1933 design, it was widely used by the U.S. Navy, but was nearly obsolete by 1940. With no immediate replacement in sight, it was kept in production by the U.S. Naval Aircraft Factory (N.A.F.) at two Consolidated factories and in

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