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80 years, a tribute to the PBY Catalina

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80 years, a tribute to the PBY Catalina depicts over 400 of the best images from the PBY Catalina over the type's full lifespan of 80 years. Including the author’s own impressive collection taken during two transatlantic crossings (for the 8-part ‘Catalina Odyssey’ TV-documentary series). It also features a wealth of photographs from private family albums and professional photographers from all over the world – many of them never published before. Additionally, the Smithsonian Institution and other leading aviation museums, plus many Catalina/Canso operators from the USA, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the UK have supplied rare images from their WWII photographic collections, or of their aircraft on static display or still flying.

About the Author

Hans Wiesman (author of ‘The Dakota Hunter’ book & blogs) traces his profound passion for the DC-3/Dakota and the PBY Catalina back to the age of five. Between the years 1951–1956 he lived in the Borneo Jungle and he flew in both aircraft with his father, a Shell oil exploration engineer. Hans’ love affair with these aircraft has never faded and later in his career, being a Creative executive for an International Brand, he met the PBY Catalina again and created a TV documentary series with that legendary aircraft as being the image-carrier. It brought him another 250 flight hours with the PBY and a wealth of unique experiences and photographs on his double Transamerican tours.  With only a few PBY Cansos/Catalinas now left in airworthy condition, the saga told and depicted in this book is his heartfelt personal and colorful tribute to this iconic aircraft.

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  1. Amazing, stunning, breathtaking 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 2nd Dec 2018

    The Catalina has been an early YouTube memorystick for me. The boy next door’s father flew Cat’s in the Navy and after that for some oil company. So my first encounter with real aircraft experience was the Cat. And it remained the Cat. And I flew the Cat, be it as a passenger on a splash and go.
    I ordered the book, something went wrong and I found myself in the living room of the house of the author, sitting with him and exchanging life experiences and lessons. The book is a brilliant in its kind. Hans did a great job, capturing his
    passion for this flying boat in a way that clings to my youth memory of the man next door talking about his days on the Cat. Beautifull book, great captions, right on the head and in the heart, a great conversation piece on my coffeetable.

  2. Aircraft history and beauty 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th Jun 2018

    Gorgeous photos to match the amazing stories about PBYs! Weismann has done a masterful job of documenting the PBY's history in all the oceans of the world, masterfully done with true stories, narrated by the original participants. Congratulations to the author for this documentary!

  3. Incredibly beautiful photos and story-rich tribute to The Catalina aircraft. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 6th Jun 2018

    The author has done a job of tracing the history of the PBY literally around the globe. Using incredible and rare photography joined with well-researched narrative, Hans Weisman captures the multi-role capability of this aircraft from a war fighter on patrol, bombing, rescue and transport missions to a luxury touring and adventure platform. If you love aviation, this is a must-have part of your collection!

  4. A Must for PBY Catalina Lovers 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 29th May 2018

    The author has collected a huge amount of unpublished photographs, interesting stories and well documented information about this fascinating aircraft. Nearly 300 pages that will catch your interest if you are really a fan of historic planes. Fully recommended book.

  5. Interesting coverage of a vintage airplane 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 14th May 2018

    I haven't had the chance to read this book completely yet, but what I have skimmed through seems to be great. I was a little disappointed not to find coverage of the Newfoundland Government's fleet of Canso water bombers (now retired).

  6. A unique book about the PBY Catalina 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 13th May 2018

    80 years , a tribute to the PBY Catalina is "THE" BOOK about this legendary aircraft. The author did an incredible research and put together an impressive collection of pictures (those 1944 / 45 COLOR photos are unique). I have been a big fan of Seaplanes for long time , have several publications about them and this is the best book I purchased so far. It is EXCELLENT .
    Please extend my huge complements to Hans Wiesman,the author, and also thank him for the extra color photo included in the book .

    Edwardo Beretta -- Canada

  7. Excellent historical photo book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 12th May 2018

    I am absolutely amazed at the quality of the photographs and the extent of the textual stories that Hans Weiseman has assembled in this book. It has obviously been a book that he has put his personal passions into and has gathered so many previously un-known and un-seen photos and stories of the Catalina/PBY/Canso. This book will be the go-to reference for archival photos that have been gathered from around the world and illustrate the history and use of these aircraft during the Second World War as well during the post-war era and into their current state of use. Beautifully published.

  8. Catalina 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 10th May 2018

    No issues with the book it’s great! The book appeared to be packed well with bubble wrap but the hardcover was quite damaged on two of the corners. In my opinion the book was packaged after the damage was done.

  9. Excellent book 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th May 2018

    Apart from other interesting books about the PBY Catalina this one gives a detailed survey of the development of this very interesting airplane in photo's over a long period.Flying in this plane will give me even more pleasure now having te information from this book.Many thanks to the author Hans Wiesman.

  10. great compilation 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 28th Apr 2018

    Was very excited to finally receive my copy and finally get to see how much work was put into it's compilation. A fabulous collection from around the world and over the years

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