Aircraft Photo of G-AGID | Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina | Qantas Empire Airways - QEA | #204627
Registration / Serial:G-AGID
Fleet number:3
Aircraft Original Type:Consolidated 28 Catalina
Aircraft Generic Type:Consolidated PBY Catalina
Aircraft Version:Consolidated PBY-5 Catalina
C/n (msn):182
Operator / Titles:Qantas Empire Airways - QEA
Aircraft Name:Rigel Star
City / Seaplane Base:Perth - Nedlands Seaplane (closed)Map
Region / Country:Western Australia, Australia
Airport Codes:None
Photo Date:July 1943 to July 1945
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Photo ID: 204627
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Used to connect Australia with Sri Lanka during World War II. Known as the Double Sunrise service as the sun rose twice during the non-stop flights that lasted up to 32 hours. G-AGID scuttled near Rottnest Island on January 30, 1946. When explosives failed to sink it, gun fire was used. G-AGID had flown to its final resting place because a bridge prevented it being towed there. That meant making it airworthy again for its final flight. The Catalinas has been retired when Liberators took over the route. Photo from: Hudson Fysh Collection/ State Library of New South Wales

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