The Consolidated PBY Catalina was the most-built flying boat of World War II; the PBY was jocularly described as the slowest combat aircraft of the war. But it was a sturdy, reliable aircraft, ideally suited for long patrols over the oceans.
The first aircraft of this series entered service in 1937. The PBY is quite a large aircraft. To keep the engines and propellers away from the water spray, the wing was put on top of a sturdy pylon, and braced with two struts on each side.
About 40 to 50 Catalinas are still flying today and one will be joining us Saturday and Sunday at the Weston Air Festival.
www.catalina.org.uk photo credit @JohnDibbs