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By 24th August 2011June 14th, 2015Latest News

Photo: David Legg

Get yourself a seat on the Catalina & feel the thrill of 2,400 hp of Pratt & Whitney radial engines – a unique and exclusive opportunity to experience the sights, smells and sounds of a World War II flying boat with the engines running as you taxi down the runway…


  • Book now! Only 24 tickets available – first come first served.
  • Each participant receives a guided tour of the aircraft & a full safety briefing from our experienced crew.
  • You will be on board as the engines are started & take part in high power engine run-ups.
  • The aircraft will line up on the threshold and taxi down the runway.
  • Enjoy a unique view of Duxford from our observation blisters & see the pilots at the controls.

This exciting event also includes a full days programme at our home base of Duxford, all included in the cost of the taxi ride. This will feature –

  • A delicious lunch in the Museum’s new Airspace conference facilities.
  • An illustrated presentation about Catalinas from our historian David Legg.
  • Pilots and crew will be on hand all day to “talk PBYs” & answer your questions.
  • You will receive a certificate as a reminder of your experience.
  • Admission to the IWM Duxford is also included in the price so you are free to explore the Museum’s world famous collection during the day.

How to book

To book please e-mail David Legg at here or call 07774 026 045. Full details and itinerary will be supplied two weeks in advance of the event.

The ticket price for the Taxi Ride Day is only £150. Included in the cost is one years membership of the Catalina Society.

Catalina Society members will benefit from a lower rate of GBP 135, and current Society members are also welcome to invite family or guests at this discounted rate. (Society membership is GBP 15 per year –more details here.

This will be our first Catalina Taxi Ride Day – the aim of the day is to provide you with a unique experience and raise funds towards the future upkeep of our Catalina. You will help us to keep our wonderful aircraft in airworthy condition and we look forward to welcoming you at Duxford.

Whilst it is a dream of many to fly in a Catalina, we are unable to carry paying passengers in the air, so we are offering you the next best thing… Therefore, please note that this is a taxi ride, and not a flight.

Previous Comments:

Bob Dawkins – 5 October, 2011
Thank you David for a fantastic day. Viewing the a/c, watching the engine startup routine and cockpit activity, then enjoying the speed run down the runway. Hope you have many more taxi days to come.

Mike Pinder

Mike has always had a passion for aircraft since an early age. He joined The Catalina Society back in 2005, taking over all aspects digital. He's a glider pilot over in the Netherlands and he comes from a design, business and innovation background. Mike is happy contributing his skills to continue the great heritage of the PBY Catalina.