An new extract of the Airpower sequence of my Highlights 09 movie ! The Catalina, this patrol flying boat has been built more than 4,000 times between 1936 to 1945 and is thus the most built flying boat of all times. The Catalina was designed as a long-range aircraft - it is able to spend nearly 24 hours in the air at a speed of 200 km/h - for long distance reconnaissance and the escorting of naval convoys. The Allies also used it for submarine hunting and cargo transportation. Its legendary reputation, however, the Catalina got for its MEDEVAC capacities: with this plane, thousands of shipwrecked seamen were fished out of the Pacific and the Atlantic Ocean. The Catalina you can see in this movie was built in 1943 for the Canadian Air Force.
And the Dornier Do-24, also performing at the AirPower09, is many ways a unique aircraft. On the one hand, it s the last water plane model built by the German constructor Claud Dornier (1944) and the only one still ably to fly. On the other hand, the Dornier Do-24ATT has a unique biography: First used as an evacuation plane in Spain (1944 - 1971), it was later on purchased and completely renovated by Claudius Dornier, a son of Claude Dornier. In 1983, this vintage plane became an experimental aircraft: fitted with new engines and newly-developed trapezoidal wings, it served Dornier as an amphibious technology carrier (ATT). In 1992, she was mothballed in the aviation museum of Oberschleissheim, but ten years after the plane was reactivated by Iren Dornier, a grandson of Claude Dornier, expensively renovated and rendered airworthy for a second time. Iren Dornier was also the pilot of the Do-24ATT during its flight over Zeltweg.
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