FANTASTIC RAFFLE PRIZES AT THIS YEAR’S CATALINA FESTIVAL!!! Prizes Include: · Return helicopter flight for (4) people to the Hunter Vineyards PLUS a 2 course lunch with wine (4) at Wandin Valley Estate · VIP Movies Experience – includes movies for 2 for 12 months, PLUS a gift box filled with goodies · Tandem Skydive […]
May 2017. There has been significant progress made on the refurbishment of our PBY5-A since the last update. Starting at the front of the fuselage, or bow, the complete nose wheel assembly including the gear doors has been removed. Terry Fahey (T2) is currently working on removing the last of the actuating mechanism from […]
The Rathmines Catalina Festival Returns! Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association Inc. is excited to announce the date for the return of one of Lake Macquarie’s most significant events, the 2017 Rathmines Catalina Festival. Celebrating the military history of Rathmines, the Festival’s 11th staging will be taking place on Sunday 29th October 2017. All money raised […]
A heritage flight of the current and former RAAF maritime aircraft was conducted over Adelaide today, (28th November, 2016). Warbirds operated by HARS from Albion Park, NSW, (a PBY Catalina and Neptune), joined the outgoing RAAF P-3 Orion and the incoming P-8A Poseidon from RAAF Edinburgh in flight.
November 30, 2015 A24-1 Declared Heritage Place. ‘NUMBER ONE IN ALL RESPECTS’ CATALINA A24-1. DECLARED HERITAGE PLACE from Silvano Jung, Marine Archaelogist After 17 years since I first nominated five Catalina flying boat wreck sites in Darwin Harbour for heritage listing on the Northern Territory Heritage Register, I have finally got a response from our […]
The RAAF has confirmed that aircraft wreckage found in waters south of Cairns is that of RAAF No. 11 Squadron Catalina A24-25, that crashed on February 28, 1943, killing all 11 personnel on board. CAF AIRMSHL Leo Davies praised the work of all those involved in locating and confirming the identity of the aircraft. […]
Memorial plaque unveiled and dedicated in Manila in Memory of RAAF Catalina A24-64, “The Dabster” Full story here.
Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association (Inc), held their ANZAC Commemoration Service at the Memorial on the site of the old WW2 RAAF Seaplane Base, Rathmines, on Saturday 25th April at 2pm. The Service was again well attended by the public, along with representation from Catalina Veterans, serving members of the RAAF, including Wing Commander Nigel […]
From Dr. Silvano Jung – (Maritime Archaeologist) * Below is the news release, dated 28 March 2015 from the Northern Territory Government Minister, (David Tollner, Minister for Lands and Planning), declaring the three USN Patrol Wing Ten Catalina’s sunk in East Arm during the first Japanese air raid on Darwin, are to be permanently protected. […]
Progress is being made with “Our Girl”. Plenty of work has been going on with restoration of instrument panel and various small panel work on our Catalina, while we are waiting for a suitable area to commence major work, but red tape & processes, have slowed that down. But things are happening. One of the […]
The date for the 2015 Catalina Festival is October 25th., a SUNDAY. Put this in your diaries now. Further updates as to participants, aerial display etc., will follow. REMEMBER, SUNDAY, 25th. OCTOBER, 2015.
RATHMINES 2014 CATALINA FESTIVAL Story and Photos by Phil Buckley In October 2014 a thrilling air display was conducted over Rathmines, where the annual Catalina Festival was being held. For $5 per person, around 7,000 people were able to see a range of aircraft taking part in the 3hr flying display. The core event attraction […]
[Show thumbnails] The HARS PBY Catalina will again be doing a fly past at this years Festival. An exciting part of the 2014 Catalina Festival is our Vintage Car Show. More than 150 cars, bikes and other vehicle will be on display. If you own a classic, vintage or historic vehicle and […]
The end of No. 20 Squadron RAAF Flying Boat Base in Darwin – a national disgrace. Word through today from Silvano Jung, that Darwin has been rejected by the Territory Heritage Minister to list & protect the old Catalina base at East Arm. “The mighty dollar is more important than WWII heritage sites in the […]
National Archives of Australia recently scanned newly released documents relating to mining ops during 1944, code named ‘Operation Granny’, carried out by RAAF 11, 20 & 43 Catalina Sqdns.. Copied excerpts follow here, but all 94 pages can be seen/downloaded from – http://recordsearch.naa.gov.au/scripts/AutoSearch.asp?Number=3079627&O=I (Copy & paste link in your web browser). RAAF Catalina Manilla mining […]
Monday 26th May, 2014 “History that is not remembered is history that never happened.” (PBY Catalina Foundation). A small number of local Catalina veterans gathered at Rathmines Memorial Park today. They were invited along to hear first hand, the progress of the Association’s plans for restoring a Catalina for static display, the building of a […]
15th April, 2014. After some bureaucratic delays, (again!), the final part of the Catalina PBY5-A, purchased from San Juan, has arrived. The ship carrying the mid-section wing arrived at a new terminal in Sydney, where no cranes were operating, no computer connectivity to staff dockside, and only limited access to quarantine staff (?). On top […]
‘Our Girl’, PBY5A Catalina purchased from San Juan by the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park in NSW is now almost all here, finally. Fuselage cleared customs in Sydney today, & will be now under the command of DARACON Industries transport arm for transport to its new home at Lake Macquarie. Transport will start at 1am in […]
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