Welcome on board!
of the Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina. The oldest (1941) and without doubt the finest flying Catalina of the world.
Dear donors and volunteers,
On 10 October 2018 the transfer of our Catalina to the new owner was completed in the hangar of the Catalina. As you can hear and see on the video of Omroep Flevoland, (see the link below), the new owner, the Collings Foundation in America, is very pleased with the purchase, and we as volunteers now have some peace with it, because the Catalina is well placed. The Catalina remains in our hangar during this coming winter and leaves it for ferry to the USA next spring (probably May 2019).
Officially from October 5 2018 the Catalina is no longer in Dutch possession and we are very sorry that no solution has been found to keep the Catalina in the Netherlands. Due to the very high expenses since last spring and the lack of income our Operating Foundation (SEC) ended up in heavy weather. The interested parties will be informed about this, this month.
Those who have given us an authorization for the annual donation will no longer be charged. The authorizations are no longer used from now on.
The Board of the Friends of the Catalina Foundation would like to thank you for the support we received from you for many years. More news follows.
With best regards,
Board of Friends of the Catalina Foundation
Board of Exploitation of the Catalina Foundation
For quite some time a group of volunteers has been occupied with restoring aeroplanes for display in museums. Of course part of the reason was to avoid that historical heritage would disappear abroad. During the organisation of the 50 year jubilee of Squadrons 320 and 321, the oldest Dutch Air force squadrons, several initiatives were taken. One of those was the founding of Stichting Neptune Association(SNA). This way, with support of the Dutch Navy, we hoped to prevent that historical heritage would disappear and it offered structure for the organisation.
Our activities were certainly noticed. There are not many organisations that restore aeroplanes with volunteers. Also stood out that most restoration projects were related to the military. The main players of the SNA all worked at Navy Airbase Valkenburg so an perfect working situation developed for the Stichting.
Home of the Catalina is at Lelystad Airport (the Netherlands), in the Catalina hangar. From October 1, 2016 it will also be home of the DDA (Dutch Dakota Classic Airlines). So a hangar with historic aircrafts.
From this base the Catalina is serviced and ready prepared to fly. For sight seeing flights we can start from various places, such as the hangar itself, or from Museum Theme Park Aviodrome. For an event, there are various possibilities.
Anyway Lelystad Airport is our base.