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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. 'Catalina' Read Quality 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Apr 2018

    Firstly thank you for the delivery of this product to southern New Zealand-albeit after a longer wait than I would have liked.

    I find the 'Catalina' book visually pleasing in it's layout and very informative in it's text, making for a very good historical document.

  2. If you like Cats and Canso's 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Apr 2018

    A great book with terrific photos of Catalina's and Canso's .A great book if you just like airplanes and the history of them.

  3. Fantastic book!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Apr 2018

    I love the level of research and detail that Hans puts into his books. I love seaplanes and this book truly “floats my boat”!!

  4. Beautiful book, needs better packaging for shipping 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Apr 2018

    Nice book, but arrived with all four of the non-spine corners dinged. Bubble-wrap doesn't stop that, especially in a large paper envelope.

  5. Great photo coverage of Catalina 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Apr 2018

    A great photo collection of the wonderful Catalina, a spectacular aircraft.
    My father, a MLD pilot, flew a Cat in 1945 on several missions from Ceylon to Dutch Indonesia. I enjoyed the old WW2 photos!
    This book, compiled by my friend Hans Wiesman, is a must for Cat lovers!

  6. Excellent book... 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 27th Apr 2018

    But it was slightly damaged on arrival. I know this is a chance you take when ordering a book overseas through the post system but still it is a bit disappointing...

    Anyway, that should not distract from the value of the book itself which quite excellent ! Highly recommended !

  7. Well done tribute to the Catalina 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Apr 2018

    Absolutely gobsmacked by this publication. the photographs are outstanding some of the best i've ever

  8. One of the best books on the Catalina! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Apr 2018

    Great book filled with lots of pics and historical info. I highly recommend this book if you're interested in the Catalina. Especially in it's use after WWII.

  9. Excellently done. 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Apr 2018

    An exceptional aircraft that exceeded all expectations. Exciting to see. Story worth passing on and this publication does it quite well.

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