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PBNA-Boosher
06-09-2005, 03:54 PM
Heard this from the announcer at WW2 weekend. He stated a few wrong things, but it may be fun to hear:

That PBY:
-Served actual combat tours during WW2 looking for U-Boats.

-Was a pleasure plane for awhile after the war.

-Did some work for law Enforcement.

-After Law Enforcement Duty, the plane was used as a Drug Runner.

-Was next put on the scrap heap, then finally restored to its condition today.

I think that's what was said. Please correct me if I was wrong somewhere. But as you can see, some of our old WW2 aircraft have had interesting lives.

Gibbage1
06-09-2005, 04:00 PM
Originally posted by PBNA-Boosher:
-Did some work for law Enforcement.

-After Law Enforcement Duty, the plane was used as a Drug Runner.



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altstiff
06-09-2005, 08:27 PM
I have a nice video of the Canadian Warplane Heritage PBY getting fired up. It sure make's an bad noise.....

VIDEO (http://www.virtual-speed.com/stiff/media/clips/pby.wmv)
(18MB)

A little history of our PBY>>>

"Canadian Vickers manufactured CWH's PBY-5A in 1944. It served with the RCAF until 1961 when it was sold as surplus. The Canso is restored in the colours and markings of 162 (Bomber Reconnaissance) Squadron and dedicated to the memory of Flight Lieutenant David Hornell, VC, who was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross. On 24 June 1944 he and his crew bombed and sank U-1225. Sadly, the Germans shot down the Canso A, and Hornell and his crew spent more than twenty hours afloat on the ocean before being rescued. Hornell died shortly afterward. Acquisition in 1995 of the CWH Canso was made possible by generous donations from Canadian Resident Abroad Inc. and the Beamish Family."