Pinterest • The world’s catalog of ideas

Explore F Boat, Boats Things, and more!

August 2, 1915: Building upon 1913 flying-off experiments aboard HMS Hermes, an aircraft takes off from a platform aboard a fully operational British aviation ship for the first time, when a Sopwith Baby equipped with wheeled floats takes off from HMS Campania.

The escort carrier Thetis Bay (CVE 90) pictured underway transporting PBY Catalinas and other aircraft in need of repair to Alameda,CA. July 8,1944 (U.S. Navy photo)

A US Catalina PBY-5A of VP-61 squadron over the Aleutian Islands in 1943. Catalinas were real tough cookies able to fly in most weather conditions and absorb most forms of punishment. Loved by the crews, hated by the enemy.