AUSTRALIA’S solely operational Catalina, Felix the Black Cat, is a late scratching from the 2019 Rathmines Catalina Pageant on Sunday.
The Sydney-based plane was scheduled to make a number of low passes over the lake on Sunday afternoon.
However the plane’s proprietor, the Historic Plane Restoration Society (HARS), has knowledgeable the pageant’s organisers that Felix has a gas tank leak which would require advanced repairs. The plane will not be fastened in time to make the flight to Rathmines.
Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Affiliation president Invoice Anderson stated the information was a blow.
However HARS will as an alternative make two DC-Three plane out there for the pageant.
“Within the 1950s, the DC-Three was the spine of Australia’s civil aviation,” Mr Anderson, a former Qantas pilot, stated.
They have been additionally vital gamers in World Struggle II.
“On Sunday, there shall be two DC-3s in formation, flying all the way down to 500 toes, right here at 12.30pm. They’re powered by the identical engine because the Catalina.
“Not having the Cat is disappointing, however you’ll not see two DC-3s flying collectively in formation at 500 toes on this a part of the world once more.
“I used to be deeply distressed [about the Catalina news] till I acquired phrase that this was going to have the ability to be achieved,” Mr Anderson instructed the Lakes Mail this morning.
FOR the primary time, patrons at this Sunday’s Rathmines Catalina Pageant will be capable to take pleasure flights in a flying boat.
It is one in every of a number of new additions made to the pageant by the occasion organisers Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Affiliation, a not-for-profit charity.
RCMPA member Terry Woolard stated having a yr off in 2018 gave the pageant organisers time to rethink and tweak elements of the occasion program.
And he thinks locals will welcome the adjustments.
“We’re assured it is going to be the very best pageant ever,” Mr Woolard stated.
All the favorite drawcards – together with the Paul Bennet Airshows aerobatic show – have been retained.
However the RCMPA determined to sharpen the pageant’s deal with World Struggle II.
Guests will be capable to take pleasure flights on a Grumman Mallard flying boat and see an working Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp radial engine, used on a variety of plane together with Catalinas.
“When these engines begin up, it is fairly one thing,” Mr Woolard stated.
And the 23-piece Royal Australian Navy Huge Band will carry out on the principle stage, offering a pageant soundtrack that includes war-era songs by the likes of Vera Lynn and The Andrews Sisters.
The RCMPA hopes that the restored Catalina PBY-5A, as a static show, will in the future type the centrepiece of a museum and hangar at Rathmines Park.
The venue was as soon as dwelling to RAAF Base Rathmines which was established in World Struggle II and was the most important flying boat base in Australia.
Help from Lake Macquarie Metropolis Council was important if the hangar and museum plan have been to return to fruition, Mr Anderson stated.
“Rathmines actually is a novel piece of floor with a exceptional heritage,” Mr Anderson stated.