This new 3D interactive panoramic tour allows you to view the cockpit of our Catalina. You can click and zoom and there is a full screen mode (the symbol in the bottom right of the screen) which is very impressive.
** Editor's Note: The following BBC report refers to the Paris-based Catalina N9767 that appeared with our own Catalina at the Fermanagh flying boat event late last summer. See the World Catalina News January 2012 on this website for further details of its accident. **
The Second World War aircraft had been damaged in an accident at the Fermanagh Seaplane Festival in September.
Delays had kept the aircraft on the ground at the former RAF airbase at Killadeas.
The 70-year-old aircraft took off from Lough Erne and has now flown back to its home in Paris.
No-one was hurt in the accident which happened when the plane drifted onto a moored yacht after the pilot had cut the engines close to shore.
The Catalina was one of two attending the festival - the other one was able to return home safely afterwards.
Catalinas at the former RAF airbase played a crucial role protecting Allied convoys during World War II.
A secret deal with the Irish Republic allowed the planes to fly through Irish airspace.
They flew along a route that became known as the Donegal corridor - a short-cut which linked Lough Erne with the Atlantic Ocean and extended the range of the aircraft.
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Plane Sailing's Catalina PBY-5A, based at Duxford in the United Kingdom, is among the most impressive World War II aircraft still flying in Europe today.
Thanks to its size, it has a presence which few planes can match, and combines this with an impressive and surprisingly tight routine. its amphibious nature allows it to be presented in different configurations, which is another rare feature which airshow audiences always appreciate.
The aircraft is also an interesting static exhibit, which the public can also admire from the inside.
The June 2008 edition of FlyPast is a Catalina special and features five articles devoted to the type including two by our Catalina News Editor David Legg, one on our Duxford-based White Cat and the other on Catalina survivors worldwide.