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Frigate Bird II on the way to South America

September 26th, 2013 by

B1495 Aircraft, flying boat, Catalina, PB2B-2, "Frigate Bird II", VH-ASA, metal / fabric / glass / bakelite, made by Boeing Aircraft of Canada Limited, Vancouver, Canada, 1944, flown on pioneering flight Australia-Chile, by P G Taylor, 1951

We are currently featuring a series of images showing the Catalina, Frigate Bird II being installed in the Boiler Hall of the Powerhouse Museum. I thought it would also be good to show this image from its days as a flying machine.

The Frigate Bird II was the first aircraft to cross to South Pacific ocean from Sydney, Australia to Valparaiso, Chilli, flown by famous Australian pilot P G Taylor. This photograph shows the Catalina taking off from the Rose Bay flying boat base on 13th March 1951 on the first leg of its long journey to South America.  In fact, this take-off was for a short ‘shake-down’ flight to Grafton on the North Coast of New South Wales, to provide a final test of the aircraft and all its equipment before the flight began in earnest the following morning. More details about the history of the Frigate Bird II can be read on the Collection Database.

Post by Lynne McNairn, Web and Social Technologies

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