Our Catalina is now at Bankstown Airport, Sydney, NSW undergoing restoration work to obtain its Australian Certificate of Airworthiness.


We still need additional funds to complete this work and welcome any donations large or small.


We are also seeking one or two corporate sponsors who could support the restoration and, once back in the air, ongoing flying activities.


Help us to continue to support the heritage of the Catalina. All donations are gratefully received.


Please click the button below to make a donation to us.






The Cat returns to its new home at Rathmines on Lake Macquarie

on 7 December 2008  enroute to Bankstown.


Click here to see more photos from the ferry flight











                   Our Mission

To acquire, restore and operate a Catalina PBY amphibian aircraft from the historic Air Force base at Rathmines NSW.

To instruct, educate and entertain the general public through flight demonstration, special events and activities by the use of the aircraft as a flying memorial to Australians who served in Air Force flying boat squadrons during World War 2.
To encourage Australians of all ages to become actively involved in the preservation and operation of the aircraft

To support the establishment and operation of the Rathmines Catalina Museum by using the museum as a functional operating base for the aircraft and in doing so, being the centrepiece of all museum exhibits as a static display whenever it is not flying.






The Catalina Flying boat is one of the most distinctive aircraft ever built. It is of an era from another age – the era of the flying boat when airfields were scarce.

The Catalina performed a significant role in Australia's defense in World War II and Rathmines was then the world’s biggest flying boat base.

The Catalina Flying Memorial Ltd is bringing back to Australia one of the few airworthy examples of this aircraft and it is to be based and operated from Rathmines, Lake Macquarie NSW.

At Rathmines, which is now listed as a heritage site, a museum to commemorate this World War II flying boat base is to be built, and where this Catalina is proposed to be housed.






Catalina Flying Memorial Ltd

ACN 103 492 440

Building 2, Ground Floor 35-41 Waterloo Rd Macquarie Park NSW 2113

Postal Address:  PO Box 372

North Ryde  NSW  BC  2113

(e) info@catalinaflying.org.au






To see our latest Newsletter (March 2014) please click on the following link:







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The next Catalina Festival will be held on Saturday 25 October, 2014.



For details of the Festival please go to the Festival website by clicking on the link below.















Our friends in Holland, who fly PH-PBY, are back in the air again. Their flying season starts on 20 April, 2014. They are flying almost every weekend through the European summer, so if you are in Holland, go for a fly.  There are 15 seats available on each flight, with sometimes two flights each day. The price is only Euro 205 for a 30 minute flight with two or more water landings.


This is the oldest Catalina still flying today being built in 1941.


The link to their website is:




The link to their Facebook page is: