VH-EXG. Consolidated PBV-1A Catalina. c/n CV-369.


Originally built by Consolidated as PBV-1A Canso

Delivered to the R.C.A.F. as 11060 - April 5, 1944

Surplus to requirements and struck-off-charge - May 25, 1961

Sold to Firefly Inc, Portland, OR - 1966

The aircraft was civilianised and converted to Super Catalina in a tanker configuration

Super Catalina conversion involved fitting Wright RF-2600 Cyclone engines of 1,700 h.p. and modified tail

Entered onto the U. S. Aircraft Register as N609FF - 1966

Flown as Tanker 'E40'

Sold to Terra Survey Ltd, Ottawa, Canada

Operated in different locations around the world as a survey aircraft

Arrived Melbourne on delivery to Executive Air Services, Essendon - June 1972

Entered onto the Australian Aircraft Register as VH-EXG - August 30, 1972

Registered to H. C. Sleigh Aviation - November 7, 1979

Registered to Western Commander - May 10, 1984

Flew mineral survey flights around Australia

Operated final service - December 10, 1987

Retired and placed in open storage at Melbourne's Essendon Airport

Donated / acquired by the R.A.F. Museum, Point Cook - 1989

Moved Essendon-RAAF Museum Point Cook for storage

Hull transported to RAAF Amberley for restoration - 1997

Underwent restoration and modification to return it to WWII configuration as a PBY-5A

Placed on display at RAAF Museum Point Cook in dismantled state - November 2001

Depicted as RAAF Catalina A24-104 of No 113 Air Sea Rescue Flight

Cancelled from the Australian Aircraft Register - June 19, 2002





VH-EXG. Geoterrex - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1979.

VH-EXG. Geoterrex - in the full livery at Melbourne's Essendon Airport, January 1980.