XS458 was delivered to the RAF during 1965, serving at RAF Coltishall with 145 Squadron and 226 OCU. She moved to RAF Binbrook during 1974 serving with numbers 5 and 11 Squadron and the Lightning Training Flight (LTF). Following retirement from service she was flown to Cranfield along with five other aircraft with the intention of operating a number of them in airworthy condition.
Flying with the Catalina PBY
During her active service with the U.S. Navy the "PH-PBY" was responsible for sinking three Nazi submarines; the U-464, U-582 and the U-194. A fourth, the U-528, was heavily damaged! Having this in mind the PH-PBY is not only the oldest surviving flyable Catalina but also the most successful Catalina in history! She is now maintained and operated by the Catalina PBY Foundation at her new home; Lelystad Airport.
Duxford Flying Legends 2008
This year’s Flying Legends display was the largest one ever held with a mouth watering collection of classic warbird aircraft from the UK, Europe and the USA.
The sound of Rolls Royce Merlin and Griffin engines heralded the start of Flying Legends 2008 as nine Spitfires took off.