Consolidated Vultee PBY Catalina
Our current major restoration project is our 1942 Consolidated Vultee PBY-5A Catalina, also a real war veteran. While she has not been airworthy in many years, it is our hope to restore the Cat to her former glory and operate her alongside Placid Lassie as a memorial to both wartime and postwar history and aviation.
Though the Foundation has owned the Cat since our inception in 2017, we did not previously have the hangar space or the resources to begin a restoration to airworthy status. However, between fall 2022 and spring 2023, we successfully relocated N423RS from our prior base in Florida to the new hangar in New York and began what will be a lengthy but thorough restoration. We currently estimate it will take about 10 years and $1 million to return N423RS to airworthy status, of which we have already raised more than $500,000. Please contribute if you can and follow along as we return the Cat to the skies!