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Just received my copy of Catalina,,,WOW, WOW, WOW, just can't put it down, never seen so many photographs of this iconic seaplane,I think I will still be looking at this wonderful book for the next few weeks,,thank you Hans, keep up the great work.
Hi Hans - so, a lovely surprise today to receive the Catalina book. It looks terrific and you must be very pleased and proud! Very well done!
Received mine a couple of days ago. What a great chronology on the Cat. Thanks. I am really enjoying it.
Aircraft history and beautyGorgeous 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!
Incredibly beautiful photos and story-rich tribute to The Catalina aircraft.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!
A Must for PBY Catalina LoversThe author has collected a huge amount of unpublished photographs, interesting stories and well documented information about this fascinating aircraft.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.
Absolutely gobsmacked by this publication.The photographs are outstanding, some of the best I've ever seen!
The ultimate color photo album of the best flying boat ever made
Savor the romance of flying to the most exotic islands with water landings in lagoons, on rivers and lakes.
The iconic Catalina evokes strong WWII nostalgia but it also had a dominant role in post-war seaplane transport and aerial firefighting history. With over 400 stunning images of its military and civil operations from 1937–2017, this book is the only photo album covering the full 80-year-career of this aircraft.
About the Author 10
The WartimeYears 12
The Post-warYears 70
The Special Stories 119
The Catalina Odysseys 161
The Survivors 246
Copyright © 2018 by Hans Wiesman/The Dakota Hunter. All Rights Reserved.
Printed and bound in the USA
A Word 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’s love affair with these aircraft has never faded and with only a few Catalinas now left in airworthy condition, this book is his heartfelt personal and colorful tribute to this legendary aircraft.