The consolidated pby catalina also known as the canso in canadian service is an american flying boat and later an amphibious aircraft of the 1930s and 1940s produced by consolidated aircraftit was one of the most widely used seaplanes of world war iicatalinas served with every branch of the united states armed forces and in the air forces and navies of many other nations. The consolidated pby catalina was the most built flying boat of world war ii 3281 were built in the usa and canada and several hundred in the ussrthe soviet version was known as gst mp 7 or km 2 depending on the engines. The consolidated pby catalina pb for patrol bomber and y the code assigned to consolidated aircraft also known as the canso was an american flying boat and later an amphibious aircraft of the . The pby catalina series of flying boats was originally conceived to meet a military requirement and its development built on consolidateds experience with earlier flying boat designs these earlier types had included the commercial model 16 commodore and the military model 22 ranger p2y series. With the introduction of the pby 5 and pby 5a the construction history of the catalina becomes very confusing as well as it can be sorted out production totals for catalinas from consolidated san diego were 1174 pby 5 flying boats and 769 pby 5a amphibians
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