Photographer's Note

This is another shot of a veteran aircraft. The Catalina has great history here at Sola airport. It has been used as a search and rescue plane, and to scout for submarines during WWII. This aircraft could escort convoys for great distances, and the crew could during a single mission stay in the air for over 20 hours. At the altitude this aircraft would fly the temperature would quickly drop to 20 below and it would be hard for the crew to keep warm.

The Catalina is a "flying ship" and what is called an amphibious aircraft. Flying ship indicates it being able to land and rescue people or other tasks in the middle of the ocean, and the amphibious indicates that the aircraft can land on land and on water.

This aircraft type can bee seen in the last scene of the film U571.

This is a great piece of history, and I would like to thank all people who keep these veteran aircraft flying.

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Additional Photos by Halgeir Vaage (kittyhawk) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 939 W: 16 N: 408] (1802)
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