This week’s countdown entry is sure to make a splash!
At number 7, it’s an amphibious icon: the Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina.
Originally intended as a long range patrol bomber, the Catalina was one of the most versatile aircraft in service during World War II, used for everything from reconnaissance missions to air-sea rescues.
Did you know after the fall of Singapore, RAAF crews flying Catalinas were used to establish the world’s longest regular non-stop service between Perth and Ceylon (Sri Lanka) to carry essential diplomatic and armed forces mail. With an average flight time of 28 hours, this top secret service was known as the ‘Double Sunrise’.