Re­stored Catalina to re­turn

Central Otago Mirror - - FRONT PAGE -

New Zealand’s only air­wor­thy Catalina Fly­ing Boat (ZK-PBY) will re­turn from ma­jor re­fur­bish­ment work at next year’s War­birds Over Wanaka In­ter­na­tional Airshow.

The 70-year-old Catalina has been a favourite at past shows, es­pe­cially when she landed on the lake.

She was miss­ing last be­cause of ex­ten­sive re­pair work on the wings and fuse­lage.

The $250,000 restora­tion work has been done by New Zealand Catalina Preser­va­tion So­ci­ety mem­bers in Brett Emeny’s hangar in New Ply­mouth.

Emeny said it was great to see an end to what has been a ma­jor un­der­tak­ing and the plan is to have the Catalina air­borne later in the year.

There was some re-as­sem­bling work to do and the plane would be weighed and re-cer­ti­fied be­fore taken on a test flight, he said.

The 2016 airshow will be the first time the air­craft has dis­played at Wanaka since 2010.

Event man­ager Mandy Deans is ex­cited to con­firm ZK-PBY’s re­turn.

The Catalina will be avail­able for pub­lic flights dur­ing the air show and on the Rides Day, the day after the show closes.

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