Restored Catalina to return
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.