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.
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The Cat returns to its new home at Rathmines on Lake Macquarie
on 7 December 2008 enroute to Bankstown.
AN AUSTRALIAN FLYING MEMORIAL
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 last 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.
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 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.
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
Find the latest information on the progress of the restoration of VH-CAT on Facebook by clicking on the link above.
THE CATALINA FESTIVAL 2013
The next Catalina Festival will be held on Saturday 9 November, 2013.
Unfortunately we have found corrosion in the stringers of the lower part of the port fuel tank which may take another two months to repair. Parts will need to be manufactured in the USA.
This is a shame as almost all other work for our C of A has been completed and we had fully intended for VH-CAT to visit Rathmines for the second time this year for the Festival.
For details of the Festival please go to the Festival website by clicking on the link below.
THE MOST SUCCESSFULL CATALINA FESTIVAL EVER!!
The Rathmines Catalina Festival 2012
The Catalina Festival has finished for another year.
This must have been the most successful Festival yet. Almost 20,000 people jammed roads going into Catalina Park with the queue going back over 5 kilometers and people waiting over an hour just to park their car.
Everyone thought the wait was worth it, particularly to see the HARS Black Cat Felix alight on the bay and taxi up onto the hard stand.
As the HARS Cat emerged rather hurriedly up the ramp there was water pouring out of the bilge pumps as well as underneath the aircraft. Apparently there were a couple of bungs missing beneath the plane which led to a large amount of water going into the bilges under pressure on landing.
The photo below shows Felix approaching the hardstand and was taken by Phil Buckley. The undercarriage has been lowered in preparation for coming up the ramp.
The photo on the left was the CFML Cat doing a splash and go on the same bay at Rathmines almost 4 years ago.
The HARS Cat and the CFML Cat are "sisters" having both come from Seia in Portugal where they were used as firefighting water bombers
Hopefully next year you'll see the two "sisters" together on the hardstand.
The Newcastle Herald also published a story and included a video which can be seen through the link below:
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